LINCOLN — Like a lot of safeties, Cam’ron Jones — Nebraska’s newest commit for the 2018 recruiting class — grew up watching videos of Ed Reed and the late Sean Taylor.
For Jones, they were the gold standard in how to play the position with physicality.
The consensus four-star safety from Mansfield, Texas, loves to hit. His Hudl tape reveals that repeatedly — full-on body shots, occasionally with a little helmet involved — that lay out the opponent.
“It’s just aggression, man,” Jones told The World-Herald after he picked the Huskers on Saturday night. “Even when I played offense in Little League, I’d try to find a way to make contact.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound Jones will bring that style to NU, which beat Mississippi and Baylor for Jones’ commit. He announced his decision on a Dallas TV station. Jones, surrounded by family, pulled a white hat — with a block red N — out of his backpack. A red shirt — with a block white N — followed.
Roughly 3,000 — mostly Husker and Rebel faithful — watched on Periscope, which Jones linked to from his Twitter account. This is recruiting in the social media age, and as Jones put on the Husker gear, out-of-sync audio from a Quicken Loans ad served as the soundtrack. As fans waited for Jones’ decision, they alternately commented on him committing to Nebraska, Ole Miss, Baylor, Creighton, the XFL and a fictional school, Southwest Utah.
But he was NU’s to lose since an official visit in December. Jones also took an unofficial visit to Lincoln on Jan. 12.
What sold him?
“Coach (Scott) Frost and coaching staff,” Jones said. “They’re a winning coaching staff and I’d like to be part of turning around the history at Nebraska.”
He’s the second safety commit in the class — after C.J. Smith, from West Palm Beach, Florida — and said he could play some nickel cornerback if needed. Nebraska has a variety of hybrid defensive backs — junior college transfer Deontai Williams and Ole Miss transfer Breon Dixon among them — who are similar to Jones.
Jones is a four-star by 247Sports composite service, Rivals and ESPN. Rivals rates Jones as the No. 220 player in the country after he had 106 tackles and two forced fumbles as a senior for Mansfield High School, which is on the south end of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Mansfield plays in Texas Class 6A and finished 11-2.
NU has 20 signees/commits in the class. The Huskers hosted three players on official visits this weekend: athlete Cam Taylor from Montgomery, Alabama; quarterback Matthew Tago of Lancaster, California; and NU commit Dominick Watt from Hollywood, Florida.