Brandon Jones Reveals Top 6: Will Any Team Lure 5-Star out of Texas?

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystAugust 24, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

Texas safety Brandon Jones, rated the top prospect at his position in composite rankings, moved one step closer toward a commitment Saturday.

The 5-star recruit revealed six favorite schools from three different conferences. His list features Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M:

Brandon Jones @BlessedJones33

My Top 6! Thank you for all the support thus far and all the programs that have given me this opportunity.ūüôŹūüŹĹ #NoOrder http://t.co/ZwmK8A6dRt

Jones, a 5'11¬Ĺ", 193-pound senior at¬†Nacogdoches High School, is considered the 2016 class' No. 22 overall recruit and sits at No. 4 among Texas athletes. College programs cross the country invested early.

Scholarship offers arrived from Stanford, Tennessee, Michigan, Miami, USC and several other universities following his standout sophomore season. Jones collected 95 tackles and five interceptions in 2013, cementing his status as a Lone Star State standout.

Odds seem to be in favor of him staying on home turf for years to come. Half of his top options reside in Texas, as the Longhorns, Aggies and Bears remain in strong contention for Jones' commitment.

Texas A&M has been the state's hottest team on the recruiting during recent cycles, but Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong enjoyed some late successes as last signing day approached, and Baylor currently ranks above both counterparts in 2016 composite class rankings.

The Bears have been more efficient securing top offensive talent under head coach Art Briles, so a chance to lure an elite defender like Jones presents a major opportunity. Lineman Bravvion Roy is the lone Baylor defensive commit rated above 3-star status.

Strong spent much of his career as an assistant coach making statements on defense, and he's clearly attempted to make a immediate impression on that unit in Austin. Texas signed a pair of the nation's premier linebackers in February, landing Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler, and could now add an elite safety to a secondary that includes promising freshmen cornerbacks Kris Boyd and Holton Hill.

Texas A&M is the overwhelming leader in 247Sports' Crystal Ball, claiming 96 percent of expert predictions. The Aggies must continue to make strides on defense in an effort to rise up SEC standings and already hold a commitment from impressive in-state cornerback Travon Fuller.

At the start of his final high school season, it's a bit difficult envisioning Jones calling a campus home beyond Texas. Still, one potential landing spot among his three out-of-state alternatives stands out.

Alabama has been in the mix for a while, securing a spot on his top-10 list last winter. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban extended a scholarship near the end of Jones' sophomore year, and defensive backs coach Mel Tucker is a diligent recruiter.

Alabama enjoyed recent success on the Texas recruiting trail, especially in its search for secondary stars. The Crimson Tide signed 5-star Lone Star State cornerbacks Tony Brown and Kendall Sheffield in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Extended efforts in the territory this cycle have produced three 4-star commitments from Texas. Quarterback Jalen Hurts, offensive lineman Chris Owens and defensive tackle Kendell Jones each spurned in-state schools with an Alabama pledge.

Immense depth in the defensive backfield is an element that every safety or cornerback must consider before committing to the Crimson Tide. Jones is talented enough to surge past holdovers on plenty of college rosters, so don't be shocked if he takes his chances in Tuscaloosa.

"Jones possesses excellent speed, good hands and an ability to make plays in zone coverage and one-on-one passing situations. He has great instincts and closing speed," wrote Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles. "Jones is the quintessential hybrid defensive back."

Tyler Donohue is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake.


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