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Notre Dame + Arizona State Extend Offers to Nacogdoches’ Brandon Jones

Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones. (Christopher R. Vinn,

[UPDATED, 6:55 p.m. CST]

Nacogdoches’ Brandon Jones enjoyed a sensational sophomore season last fall, and his recruitment is taking off as well.

The 2016 safety picked up his 11th and 12th offers when Notre Dame and Arizona State extended the Dragons playmaker invitations to join their programs, Jones announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

Jones (6-0, 180), who is expected to be one of the top 2016 recruits in the state, received the Notre Dame offer six days after his Nacogdoches teammate Jaylon Lane — a 2015 cornerback — received an offer from the Fighting Irish.

After playing for the BCS national championship after the 2012 season, Notre Dame went 9-4 last year and defeated Rutgers 29-16 in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Notre Dame has been very active in the East Texas area of late. Jones is the fifth player to receive an offer from Irish, who have four offers out to 2015 recruits in the area. Lane and three Texas A&M commits — Whitehouse’s Justin Dunning, Gladewater’s Daylon Mack and Sulphur Springs’ Larry Pryor — have an offer from Notre Dame.

Arizona State has been active in East Texas as well, having offered two 2015 recruits in Dunning and Lane. The Sun Devils, coached by former Rice boss Todd Graham, went 10-4 last season and were beaten by Texas Tech 37-23 in the Holiday Bowl.

The Dragons secondary duo now has a combined 34 offers. Jones and Lane share common offers from eight programs — Arizona State, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Washington State.

Jones recorded 95 tackles, five interceptions, one defensive touchdown and two special teams returns for scores in 2013. He was a Football Super Team first-team selection after the stellar sophomore campaign.

2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Travon Fuller, ATH, Athens, 6-0, 160 – offer from Texas A&M (1)
  • Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 180 — offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington State (12)

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