Nacogdoches Dragon Brandon Jones has stolen most of the national spotlight in recent years for his talent on the football field, and now has a chance to showcase what he's made of in one of the most prestigious games across the country. Jones has been selected to play in the 9th Annual Under Armour All-America Football Game.
The East Texas safety is making sure he ends his senior year with a bang. If graduating with 40 collegiate offers wasn’t enough, he’ll now be able to add 'All-American' to the resume.
“I've watched the Under Armor game since they first had one and it's always been a dream to get out there,” said Jones. “To finally play on TV for once is something I look forward to doing.”
It's a game that hosts less than 100 of the nation's elite high school football talent. Jones is just the second Dragon in history to accomplish this milestone behind Jacob Bragg in 2013.
“Bragg has always talked about how fun the Under Armour Game was and that's kind of been a motivation for me to play in this game,” said Jones.
Bragg has even given his successor some coaching in terms of playing in this game.
“He did say it's a step ahead of high school football. The speed is faster playing with the top guys so you have to adjust and he said he had a great time while learning a lot,” said Jones.
“He’s a heck of a player, but he's also a heck of a person,” said Nacogdoches head football coach Bobby Reyes. “He's a tremendous defensive back. He's got tremendous speed, but he's also very strong and very physical. He's six foot tall so he's got the attributes to be an outstanding college football player.”
Sarah Jones, a proud mother beaming with joy, sat front and center to watch her All-American son who's always played for something much bigger than himself. After Jones lost his dad to cancer back when he was in 7th grade, he’s been in the forefront of his strides to greatness.
“His dad was waiting for this time in their lives when they were playing high school ball, Friday night lights, all the excitement of the recruitment process getting ready to play some college ball. He would be absolutely thrilled to death. He's here somewhere. He's watching,” said Sarah.
“I feel like he'd be really excited. I wish he was here through this process and him to be in Orlando watching me play and stuff. I know he's up there smiling down on me so I'm pretty happy about that,” said Jones.
The game will be in Orlando, Florida on January 2nd, and will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
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