Thursday, January 17, 2013
Twins stay home, will be teammates
By Damon Sayles
Twin brothers Alvin Jones Jr. and Aaron Jones (El Paso/Burges) have done everything together. Most recently, they were big contributors on a Burges team that advanced three rounds deep in the Texas Class 4A Division I playoffs.
On Thursday, the brothers decided not only to continue their college careers together but also stay close to home in doing so. The Joneses verbally committed to UTEP and became the Miners’ 10th and 11th commitments of the 2013 recruiting class.
Alvin, a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete and the elder of the two by 30 minutes, is expected to play safety for UTEP. Aaron, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete, is expected to play either running back or slot receiver. Both were recruited by linebackers coach Robert Rodriguez.
“It feels great. Everybody kept asking where I was going to go,” Aaron said. “It feels great to have that pressure off. Now, I can just focus on finishing school and working to prepare for college.”
Alvin added: “It feels good because my parents don’t have to pay any money for college, and we’re getting to do something we love.”
Both athletes were two-way players for Burges. Aaron, a three-star running back, rushed for 1,971 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also caught five touchdown passes and returned a punt for a score. Alvin rushed for 950 yards and 20 touchdowns and returned three punts for touchdowns.
Alvin also played quarterback, throwing for 463 yards and seven touchdowns and leading Burges to an eight-game winning streak. Defensively, Alvin had 90 tackles, two sacks, 10 pass breakups and four forced fumbles as a safety.
Along with the UTEP offer, the brothers had offers from New Mexico State, Northern Colorado and Division II Adams State (Colo.). They also had high interest from UTSA, Nevada and Air Force, and they were scheduled to visit UTSA next weekend.
Instead, the Joneses said they will visit UTEP this weekend and wrap up their recruitment. Both are excited about being hometown teammates for four more years.
“It’s going to be what we always dreamed of,” Alvin said. “Ever since we were freshman, people asked if we were going to college together. Once we got the opportunity, we jumped on it.”
Aaron added: “It’ll be great knowing I’ll have someone there to push me every day, someone I’ve been with my whole life. I can’t even put it in words how happy I am.”