Breaking news — UNT lands top JC cornerback

James Jones, a former Houston-area standout who spent the last two seasons playing for Kilgore College, said Friday afternoon that he has decided to commit to UNT.

Jones has a weekend visit to Houston set up, but said that he is not sure if he will take the trip after deciding to play for the Mean Green.

Jones said he discussed his options with his family and decided on UNT.

He plans on telling UNT’s coaches this weekend.

“I loved it,” Jones said. “I just decided right now that I’m going to North Texas. I am going to give them the OK on Sunday. I loved the business building, the coaches and the students. It’s like a family down there.”

Jones was an nonorable mention NJCAA All-American and first team All-SWJCFC selection this season.

Mississippi State, Houston, Troy and New Mexico all offered Jones a scholarship.

Jones, 5-11 and 170 pounds, started as safety his first season at Kilgore before moving to corner, where he will play at the FBS level.

Jones will fill an immediate need for UNT, which struggled at times against the pass last season. UNT returns starters Zac Whitfield and Hilbert Jackson.

Jones compete for a starting job and will also return punts. He returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in Kilgore’s season-ending bowl game.

Check tomorrow’s paper and the blog for more.