Zaire Jones committed to Vanderbilt back in September, and the standout safety has not looked back since.
On Monday, the three-star defensive back from Meridian, Miss., told SEC Country he couldn’t be more pleased with his decision to commit to the Commodores and coach Derek Mason.
“It’s a great relationship,” Jones said in the interview. “I actually had my in-home visit yesterday. (Vanderbilt coaches) got to meet my parents, and they fell in love with them. My parents are real comfortable with me going to Nashville. It’s a city of opportunity. With that Vanderbilt degree and playing under coaches like (safeties coach Marc Mattioli), it’s something I’m going to take advantage of academically and athletically.”
Back in September, Jones spurned Mississippi State and Missouri. Since then, the one-time Bulldogs commit said both programs have backed off given that he is set to enroll early come January.
Jones, whose only official visit of the year was to Vanderbilt on Nov. 14, said he’s eager to work under the direction of the Commodore staff in the coming weeks. He believes he’s a perfect fit for their defense.
“I can play down in the box,” Jones said. “I can play anywhere on the field, if you ask me. That’s what Mattioli said. He doesn’t just recruit safeties. He recruits people who are versatile.”
Jones is one of several recruits from the state of Mississippi participating in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
He is rated as the No. 13 player in Mississippi.