|High School:||Coronado (Lubbock, TX)|
|Commitment Date:||January 26, 2021|
Texas Tech added to the 2021 class with the commitment of Coronado defensive back Imari Jones.
— 31 (@Imari31Jones) January 27, 2021
Rivals’ Ben Golan has a lengthy article on Jones and his commitment:
Reaction to Tech offer: “It was pretty big. I’ve been talking to Texas Tech for a while. They’ve been one of my dream schools for a while. During my junior year, before they offered or before I committed I made my decision that I was gonna go to Texas Tech if I just worked hard. I’m thankful for all the small offers I had but I was waiting for this one and I’m excited to come play at Texas Tech.”
First of all, congrats to Jones on the commitment. I want to get that out of the way. This is certainly a curious offer and situation and maybe just walking through it with you all. Jones has no other offers except for, “Hardin-Simmons, Eastern New Mexico, McMurry, Cisco College and Southwestern Assemblies of God University.” These are all lower-level programs, right? I think that’s a safe thing to say. Golan reports that SMU and TCU were showing heavy interest, but those aren’t offers.
The video is fine, but it doesn’t pop for me, so I think this would be a project at best and recruiting a local kid with the thought that additional local kids see the gratitude shown to these local kids who don’t have any additional offers. I have no idea about Jones’ speed, he does get beat in one highlight to only break-up the pass in the end zone.
I’m probably/maybe missing a bigger story here, but my hope is that there are scholarships reserved for a quarterback and three offensive linemen who want to come in and start right away.