Wisconsin dipped their hands into the Lone Star State and one of their best programs, Southlake Carroll, out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area for their latest commitment in the class of 2022.
Avyonne Jones, a cornerback, committed to Wisconsin on Monday afternoon. Jones, who has had an eventful recruitment process, finally decided on the Badgers over Oklahoma State, Cal, Louisville and others. Jones had committed to Oklahoma State back in April, but decommitted in May, and the Badgers had never lost touch. Jones had previously been scheduled for an official visit in Madison, so when he came back on the market, Wisconsin wasted little time in rescheduling what would be the decision making official visit.
Jones’ tape is a fun watch, as he was asked to do a lot of different things for Southlake Carroll. You see him play both the field (wide side) and boundary (short side) corner positions. Press coverage, off coverage, cover three, quarters, everything. Jones should have some nice positional versatility with his tackling ability, to play not only the slot corner role, but outside as well. Safety also might not be out of the question, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Jones, despite his high school program’s pedigree, is hardly the highest rated recruit Wisconsin has gone after. However, I wouldn’t let that sway your opinion of Jones, as Wisconsin has a nice history of being early or even “first” on under the radar prospects. Typically, if Wisconsin sees something in a kid, you can throw the star rating out the window.
It would also be remiss not to mention the impact that Caesar Williams, the current starting field corner for the Badgers, had on Jones’ recruitment. Williams and Jones train together down in Texas, and Williams hosted Jones on his official visit. Undoubtedly a huge part of Jones’ decision was due to his trust and comfortability with Williams.
Jones joins A’Khoury Lyde as the second member of the secondary, and eighth player overall, in this recruiting class.