Nebraska picked up a key defensive back commit when Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood cornerback Chris Jones flipped from Purdue to the Huskers. Jones visited NU on Jan. 18, then received an in-home visit from coaches Bo Pelini, John Papuchis, Charlton Warren and Rich Fisher. Their pitch to Jones' accumulated family, Jones said, sealed the deal.
“The main thing my family and I liked was how Coach Pelini is with his players,” said Jones, a 6-foot, 177-pound, three-star prospect. “He loves his players a lot, he does a lot for them, and he’s a family guy. I’d love to be a around a who cares about his players.”
Jones said Warren — hired Friday by Pelini to the Huskers’ secondary coach — “believes in working hard for what you want.”
“He said everybody comes in with clean slate and works hard for what they want,” Jones said.
Part of a superstar team in North Florida, Jones certainly benefited from top defensive linemen and linebackers in front of him, which may have tempered interest. He originally committed to USF in July, stuck with that until the end of senior season, then switched to Purdue. Nebraska found out about Jones while inquiring about one of his teammates, wide receiver Desean Blair. Sandalwood coach Adam Geis said Bo Pelini personally offered Jones because he liked his tape so much. Jones visited Lincoln and flipped.
Jones announced the decision on Twitter.
God leaded me in the right direction, this is my fit, my recruting is over after this, GO CORNHUSKERS!!!!!!!!!!— Chris Jones (@Chrisselfmade2) January 20, 2014
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