UNT picked up a commitment from North Mesquite cornerback Andrew Jones this morning.
The 6-1 senior visited UNT multiple times over the last few months and was at the Mean Green’s season-opening win over Idaho at Apogee Stadium.
“The environment when I went up there made a difference,” Jones said. “I loved it with the packed stadium and the cookout on the hill. It was amazing the love the people have for the program. They are turning it around.”
Jones was listed as having committed to Northern Illinois on Rivals and a few other sites.
Jones said that was never the case.
Northern Illinois and Holy Cross had offered. Iowa and TCU had expressed interest, but never put an offer on the table.
UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds called this morning to offer Jones, who quickly huddled with his coaches and parents and decided to commit to UNT.
Jones was a first-team All-District 12-5A selection last season as a junior.
Interest started to pick up in Jones once Robinson started to send out film on him from North Mesquite’s first two games of the season.
Jones intercepted the first pass thrown his way and returned it for a touchdown.
“There was not a lot of interest in him until the spring,” North Mesquite head coach Mike Robinson said. “That is when the interest really picked up. He is 6-1, can run and also has a long wingspan. We sent video out this week. [UNT head coach Dan] McCarney said he liked his aggressive style of play.”
While Jones was recruited by Simmonds, his relationship with UNT cornerbacks coach Ryan Walters also played a role in Jones’ decision to commit to UNT.
“I like coach Walters,” Jones said. “He is younger coach and understood where I was coming from.”