One-time Mississippi State commit Zaire Jones saw all that he needed in Vanderbilt’s loss to Ole Miss on Saturday.
The 3-star safety from Meridian, Miss., committed to the Commodores shortly after the program’s third loss of its 2015-16 campaign, he confirmed to the AJC’s SECCountry.com
“I think the game tonight kind of solidified my decision,” Jones told SECCountry.com. “The decision was going to be Vanderbilt in the end because of the academics. And the way they competed against Georgia kind of opened my eyes. But against Ole Miss tonight and the enthusiasm of the defense and the way they came out … that’s the place I want to be.”
Jones continued: “I’m a proponent of playing with heart and inspiration on the field. The guys should inspire you to play more, and that’s what I saw tonight.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety told SECCountry.com that Vanderbilt offered an opportunity to play early given the Commodores tendency to employ three safeties on the field at once. He also credits his relationship with safeties coach Marc Mattioli and coach Derek Mason in influencing his decision.
“I really want to be a product of those guys,” Jones said. “And I trust in those guys to develop me into a great player.”
Jones, who decommitted from Mississippi State last month, chose Vanderbilt over Missouri and the Bulldogs. He is commitment No. 11 for the Commodores in the class of 2016.
Jones is rated as the No. 14 player in Mississippi.