- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Texas State hasn't gone out of Texas for many commitments in its 2013 class, but the Bobcats reached all the way out to the west coast for commitment No. 13.
Juco cornerback Brandon Jones (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa Junior College) made the decision to commit to the Bobcats this weekend, while on an official visit.
"The coaching staff really made me feel at home," Jones said. "It felt like a big family and I already feel like I'm a part of it after just a couple of days there. They are new to FBS, but I feel like we can win a lot of games and go to a bowl game."
This development happened very quickly for Jones, who received an offer from Texas State this past Thursday, then almost immediately hopped on a flight for his official visit. An early enrollee, Jones will continue his hectic schedule for the next few days. After flying home on Sunday, he said he will take care of some paperwork and finish the early enrollment process. He will then fly back to Texas State at the end of the week and plans to start classes next Monday. He has already worked out the schedule situation with the Bobcats and will be able to take advantage of the grace period that will allow him to start slightly late. As for his future on the field, Jones said he has high hopes.
"They told me they weren't bringing me in to be on the bench," Jones said. "As a junior college player, they want me to come in as a leader, ready to work. I'm going to get an extra jump being there in the spring and my chances of making an early impact is high as long as I put in the work, which I'm going to do."
Jones, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive back, recorded 24 tackles and two interceptions for Santa Rosa this past season. Originally out of Rocky Mount High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jones will now head to Texas and is now one of only two Bobcats' commitments from outside of the state.
"I never thought I'd be in this situation," Jones said. "I had nowhere to go after high school; all I had was junior college. I had a plan to go D-I, but I didn't know I could be here today receiving text messages and doing interviews with reporters and going to Texas State. I made a big turnaround in junior college and I'm really excited. I'm trying to take it all in, but I'm going to keep working hard, because I'm not done yet."