2016 DT Jones Gets First Offer

2016 DT Braylon Jones

The first offer arrived Wednesday evening for a 2016 East Texas prospect expected to be one of the region's next big stars.

The wait is over for Tyler John Tyler 2016 defensive tackle Braylon Jones.

John Tyler head coach Ricklan Holmes tweeted the news of Jones' first offer just after 6 p.m. Wednesday from Navy, which stopped by John Tyler High School earlier in the day.

Navy, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma dropped by John Tyler on Wednesday.

Jones is expected to be East Texas' next great defensive tackle, following a recent line of big-time interior defenders such as Jamarkus McFarland (Lufkin/Oklahoma), Ashton Dorsey (John Tyler/Texas), Isaiah Golden (Carthage/Texas A&M), Zaycoven Henderson (Longview/2014 Texas A&M signee), D.J. Williams (Lufkin/2014 Kansas signee), and Daylon Mack (Gladewater/class of 2015 Texas A&M commit). He has already received a four-star rating from Scout.com despite being a 2016 prospect.

Jones is a 6-foot-3, 275-pounder who had a big sophomore season to put himself on scouts' radars. He finished the year with 61 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and 2 1/2 sacks, helping a young and retooling JT squad to a 7-4 record and first-round playoff appearance.

Holmes told Scout.com in late February that even that early, Jones had already gotten attention from schools such as Auburn, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M. Don't be surprised if Jones eventually racks up an impressive offer list that includes plenty of those recognizable high-major programs.

Jones is a force at the point of attack. He frequently stones double-teams and disrupts the running game, while also showing his ability to collapse the pocket with his still-developing pass-rushing capabilities. A good sign is Jones' motor, which appears to run high, especially when you get the chance to see him play in person.

An even-front 3-technique is what Jones plays for John Tyler. That also appears to be the best fit for him at the next level, though Holmes believes Jones is a scheme-versatile prospect who could play nose in an odd front.

With schools cycling through John Tyler during the spring evaluation period, which continues through May 31, Jones could see some more offers to really send his recruitment to the next level.

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