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Jyaz Jones' future is firmly up in the air with less than a week to go before national signing day. The Texas safety hopes a weekend trip to Colorado State helps him figure it out.
Jones verbally committed to Iowa in June. While the Hawkeyes might be a future option, it's been decided that the South Oak Cliff (Dallas) High product won't sign a national letter of intent with them on Wednesday. The school made that choice.
Jones still needs to qualify academically, he said. He is awaiting an SAT score after taking the test last weekend. Iowa is unwilling to wait for that result, which will come after signing day, Jones said.
"Coach (Levar) Woods said he still really wants me to come to Iowa," Jone said. "He wanted me to sign with a junior college in Iowa. There's still a chance I will do that, but I want to check out Colorado State and see what's going on there."
The Rams are willing to sign Jones on Wednesday and wait on his SAT score, he said. The possibility remains that the 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior could sign with Colorado State, not make it academically, end up at a JUCO and eventually transfer to Iowa, Colorado State or somewhere else. He said he believes that Iowa Western is the junior college to which Woods is referring.
"Things are just really up in the air until I visit Colorado State and see what they have to say," Jones said. "I talk to Coach Woods all the time. He was here (at South Oak Hill) about two weeks ago talking about the Iowa junior college. We also talked about me taking an official visit up there (to Iowa City)."
Jones has experienced an interesting recruitment, to say the least. He verbally committed to Colorado State in May, which surprised people that follow prospecting. They figured he would follow his brother, Anjeus Jones, to Iowa, which offered him a scholarship last winter.
Jyaz said he committed to Colorado State because the school stuck with him after he tore his ACL in the offseason. When he accompanied his family to Iowa City to drop off Anjeus in June, he met with the Hawkeye coaches, who said they never had pulled his offer after the injury and still wanted him. He flipped his commitment to the Big Ten university.
Jones returned to the field at the end of November and showed he was recovered from the ACL tear. He was expected to finish up his senior season and head to Iowa in the summer as a key member of its 2014 recruiting class. His brother would await him, as we wrote about in June.
"It would be great to play with him but we talked about it and he knows this is my decision and it might be better for me at another school," Jyaz said. "He said he was cool with it if we had to part ways. I've got to do what's best for me."
In a move that's likely related to Jyaz Jones, the Hawkeyes played host to Washington, D.C. defensive back Miles Taylor last weekend. He committed to them on the official visit.
Tuesday, Iowa picked up a verbal commitment from four-star JUCO defensive end Torey Hendrick, who must complete course work by May to join the Hawkeyes this summer. He was expected to officially visit Iowa City in June is that happens.
With Jyaz Jones (three-star, No. 79 safety) not signing on Wednesday, Iowa is believed to have 21 verbal commitments in the class. That number also could be 20 depending on if Waukee offensive lineman Ross Reynolds gray shirts or receives a regular offer, which he should know by signing day.
Scout.com ranks the Hawkeye group No. 37 nationally and seventh in the Big Ten. Those ratings include Jones and will be recalculated when he is dropped from the list of commitments.
Jyaz Jones verbally committed to Iowa last summer in a move that would reunite him with his brother, A.J., a member of the Hawkeyes' 2013 recruiting class. That reunion, at the very least, has been put on hold. Hawkeye Insider spoke to Jyaz and he explains here.