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Boise State Roster Countdown 2021: Day 91, Jai Jones

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If you haven’t melted in the nearly-record-breaking heat outside, welcome to an afternoon delight of a countdown article! Here at OBNUG, we pride ourselves on our punctuality and attention to detail, so this article was by no means forgotten this morning because our overall countdown started too late and bumped the schedule around.

As of today, we have 91 Days until kickoff and today we’ve got one of the top-rated prospects in this class—LB Jai Jones

#91, Jai Jones, Freshman, Linebacker

Stats

Height: 5’ 10”

Weight: 230 lbs.

High School: South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas, TX

How’d he get to the Blue™?

As the 23rd ranked linebacker prospect in the nation, Jai attracted A LOT of interest during recruiting, with offers from LSU, Colorado, Kansas, and others. Boise State actually slipped into his recruiting fairly late in the game, as Jeff Schmedding and the previous staff offered him in Spring 2020.

Despite a late push by Nevada, Jai committed on April 8th, 2020, and then signed his NLI on December 16th, 2020. Thankfully, the hiring of former LB Andy Avalos as head coach on January 9th seems to have only increased his excitement for the program.

Nickname

“Jai-Alai”

It’s a nod to the deceptively violent Basque sport of attempting to knock out teeth using a rubber ball and a huge basket-glove.

Look-a-like

We don’t know for sure if he’s a Cowboys fan, but he could almost be Ezekiel Elliott’s younger stunt double. Being as he’s from Dallas, it’s a safe bet he might be going for the look.

Career Highlights

Based on his highlight tape, Jai has a nose for the ball and loves stuffing runs of all types. Will Boise State fans appreciate tackles for loss against heavy run teams? Who knows. (someone screeches TRIPLE OPTION in the background)

2021 Prospectus

With Ezekiel Noa camping on his #7 jersey, Jai may have to adapt to a new number. That said, the Broncos could definitely use some immediate depth at MLB. If Jai can pick up what the defensive staff wants him to learn, he’s probably gonna get some snaps. His size already aligns well with the position, and if our history of injuries continues, it will be good to have another option ready to play.

That said, freshmen are freshmen, and are hard to predict. A good summer/fall camp should tell us more.

Is he on Twitter?

Indeed he is, but it seems like he’s more focused on football than tweeting.

Completely made up fact

Not only a sweet nickname, Jai was actually an active jai-alai player, and ranked in his age group. However, we are told that he’s no longer allowed to play for safety reasons after signing with the Broncos.