One of the top edge rushers in the DFW area has officially shut down his recruitment. Mckinney’s Jonathan Jones today announced that he will be committing to Missouri.
“I like how professional they were and how their coaches build relationships with their players,” Jones explained.
Jones last season for the playoff-bound Mckinney Lions had 55 tackles, 16 of which were for a loss, with six sacks and four passes broken up. Jones via 247Sports is a three-star commit. He’s ranked as the 40th best at his position for the 2021 class and thus the 97th ranked player overall in the state of Texas.
“My work ethic, my grind, and my mom. I go out there and work every day and she just pushes me to be better,” Jones said on his success.
Jones was instrumental to the Lions defense and playoff push last season. Mckinney had a wild road at the end of the year to get into the playoffs. Sitting at 5-4 they needed a crucial win against rival Mckinney Boyd to get in. A late-game interception by Washington State commit Adrian Shepherd got that done.
Once in the 5A D2 playoffs, Mckinney got a last-second win against Naaman Forest. They ended up falling in the second round to Midway in a competitive 38-27 game.
Mckinney in 2020 will have things a little harder. Due to the UIL realignment, they are now stuck in a district wi th Allen, Braswell, Guyer, and Prosper, all of whom made the playoffs last year. Jones, is still determined to get his though.
“Oh hopefully a lot of sacks, the 6’4 240-pound edge-rusher said on his goal for 2020. “I’m really trying to work on that and just up my stats and having a better year than last year.”
Mckinney’s star safety Adrian Shepherd committed to Washington State on June 17. Now, another member of the Lions great defense, Jones, has decided Missouri is the place for him.
Jones becomes the 17th commit for Missouri’s 2021 class that ranks 23rd nationally via 247Sports. He becomes the third Texan to commit joining fellow three-star defenders Shemar Paul (Garden City Community College) and Darius Jackson (Red Oak.)