NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - He could have gone to practically any school he wanted with 43 offers on the table, but for the next four years it's "Hook Em Horns" for Nacogdoches Dragon Brandon Jones.
Jones brought all the excitement we expect out of a signing day. He waited until the morning of National Signing Day to announce in front of the nation where he would be headed next.
Locals could have tried to sway Jones all they wanted up to the last second wearing their Baylor and Texas A&M shirts at his signing, but burnt orange was on the brain of the No. 1 safety in the country.
Even though Jones kept us all waiting to see where he was going to play college ball, it wasn't necessarily on purpose because he didn't decide where he was going until the night before.
"I actually told all the coaches I was turning off my phone. I never really got the time to just do what's best for me. I was hearing so much stuff from other people," said Jones. "Me and my mom got to sit down and talk about it last night and we both concluded Texas would be the best school for me."
If you think the national spotlight is stressful on a high schooler, realize the parents feel it too.
"It is a humungous weight off my shoulders. This has been an exciting journey but it's been long and arduous. It sometimes felt like it would never, ever be over so I am very happy it's over," said Jones' mother Sarah Jones. "I'm very happy the decision has been made, he's happy with the decision, he'll have some piece in his heart and life will get back to normal for a little while."
With every school on Jones finger tips, why Texas? Those questions can be answered with what happens off the field in Austin.
"All the schools kind of brought the same thing to the table but Texas stood out to me just by how welcoming they were and their main focus isn't football. They pay attention to academics and also on being a man out there after football," said Jones.
The Longhorns don't have the flashiest record when it comes to recruiting.
After back-to-back losing seasons with an accumulative 11-14 record, it wasn't about the immediate results Jones is expecting from Longhorns that pulled him in.
"Them having so many freshmen last year and getting that experience under their belt will really pay off in the long run even though it's not showing right now," said Jones. "I feel like in the next three to four years when they've been playing for three years, and then when my class coming in plays for two years, I feel like we should be pretty dangerous in the Big 12."
The Big 12 is a conference filled with spread offenses which is something Jones is looking forward to competing against at the next level.
"They pass the ball a lot so it really gives the defensive backs a chance to get their hands on the ball, get some interceptions and make plays," said Jones.
"I think he'll be able to start directly," said Nacogdoches head coach Bobby Reyes. "He'll fit in with what they do and they think that too. He's got a chance to be a big part of what they do."
Now it's just up to this Nacogoches native to seize the opportunity.
Before the start of National Signing Day, Texas had a No. 32nd ranked recruiting class. After big-timers like Jones committed Wednesday morning, their ranking shot up to No. 9.