Safety Trey Jones commits, signs to CMU on 2019 National Signing Day
From Wetumpka High School in Alabama, 2019 safety Trey Jones committed and signed to Central Michigan football on National Signing Day.
The Chippewas, led by coach Jim McElwain, jumped in the mix on Jan. 18 with a full ride scholarship offer. Jones took an official visit from Feb. 1-3 and seemingly enjoyed himself enough to sign his national letter of intent to CMU.
"When I took the visit, it felt like a home away from home," Jones said. "The coaches are great, the players are great and it just felt like home."
Putting pen to paper on Feb. 6, Jones decided on the Chippewas over Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State, Morgan State, South Alabama, Toledo, North Alabama, Austin Peay, Alcorn State and Tennessee State.
"(I'm) really looking forward to having Trey be a part of our program," McElwain said. "He is an extremely versatile player who brings great length and athleticism on the defensive side of the ball."
Jones' primary recruiter from CMU throughout the final stages was Justin Hinds, the defensive line coach. Hinds built a relationship with Jones and his family to solidify CMU as a "comfortable" choice.
When Jones comes to Mount Pleasant, he will work closely with safeties coach Ryan Beard.
Beard played college football as a defensive back at Western Kentucky from 2007-11. He was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and was named to the Sun Belt's all-freshman squad and all-academic team.
"I feel like I will work great with him," Jones said of Beard. "I talked to him during the visit."
As a senior at Wetumpka, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety made 63 tackles, 12 pass breakups, four interceptions and four tackles for a loss in the 2018 season.
Jones wants to play as soon as possible, but he understands the process.
"I'm going in and putting the work in to learn the playbook and everything else I need to know to play," Jones added.
Jones was one of six players to sign their national letter of intent to the Chippewas on Feb. 6. Others are Foothill College (JUCO) offensive lineman Jake Dominguez, Grand Rapids Christian punter Luke Elzinga, Sarasota Booker defensive lineman Jacques Bristol, Westchester Montini Catholic defensive end Fred Stokes and Bluefield offensive lineman Deiyantei Powell.
Combined with 18 early signing period additions, CMU's 2019 recruiting cycle is a 24-man class – one graduate transfer, three NJCAA transfers and 20 high school prospects.
"I'm looking forward to a great three to four years at a great program to continue my academic and athletic career," Jones said.