June 16, 2013

Jones discusses decision

When Jyaz Jones helped his older brother A.J. move in at Iowa last week, he also had a chance to see the campus and talk with the Hawkeye coaching staff about his situation after tearing his ACL this spring and missing all of last year due to injury as well. After their conversation, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety prospect decided to switch his verbal commitment from Colorado State to Iowa. We caught up with Jones to talk about his decision, if he will still take other visits, and much more.

Q: Can you just talking about your new commitment and how it all came about?

JONES: I went up to Iowa to drop my brother off and I just really liked the area. I talked to the coaches a little bit about the campus and the academics and I really fell for it. Me and my brother used to always talk about us going to the same school, so it's a good opportunity.

Q: Recruiting wise, did you just sit down with the coaches and talk about things or how did it go?

JONES: Yeah, I just sat down with the coaches and talked about my situation and what I want to do.

Q: Who was that you talked with mostly?

JONES: Coach Woods.

Q: What was that conversation like? What is your situation right now?

JONES: I tore my ACL (this spring) but I've been working hard trying to make it back.

Q: Then they let you know their offer is still there or had they already told you that?

JONES: Yeah, they already had. They stayed loyal to me.

Q: Was Colorado State the first to tell you that after that injury and then Iowa and others have since?

JONES: Colorado State was the first ones, but Coach Woods said they never even gave it a second thought. He said he tried to call my high school coach after it happened, but wasn't able to get him on the phone right away. But he said they definitely still want to honor my scholarship, it was just a matter of getting in contact with me.

Q: What other schools came forward and said you still have an offer here?

JONES: Nebraska did and I think Texas Tech did, but I didn't have a chance to speak to them.

Q: What was it about Iowa that made up your mind? Obviously your brother being one factor, but what else did you like?

JONES: I love the environment. I took a tour there with my parents and I love the campus because it's like its own city. Also, I like the academic programs that they've got.

Q: Do you think this whole thing is 100% done or do you still have other schools to look at?

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