A&M standout cornerback hosts first football camp outside of Fort Hood | Article
KILLEEN, TX- Jaylon Jones is entering his first year with the Texas A&M Aggies football team. He’s a two-year-old starter, and also a self-described “military kid,” who grew up in Cibolo, Texas, northeast of San Antonio.
Yet it was in the heart of central Texas, outside of Fort Hood, that Jaylon decided to host his first football camp.
“Because it’s the largest military base in the United States,” he said. “You know, being a military kid traveling, things like that, I just wanted to give back to the military kids, really all the kids that come to this camp… (and) show some love to the community.”
At Lions Club Park here on May 14, Jaylon and his family joined the Texas Amateur Athletic Union Youth Football League and a number of sponsors to host the J7 Skills Camp, where youngsters aged 7 to 14 learned techniques and exercises for playing the game of football. Organizers said about 150 young people attended the four-hour skills camp.
“We know it’s easy for a lot of players to give back in the big city, but we wanted to come to Killeen…as Jaylon mentioned, it’s (Fort Hood) being the largest active duty military base” , his mother, Alishia , added. “We wanted to give back to a community that sacrifices so much.”
The Jones family’s military ties are unbreakable. Jaylon’s father, Virgil, is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer First Class, while his mother is a Navy veteran herself and continues to be a business analyst with the U.S. Army Installation Command at Ft. Sam Houston at San Antonio.
Before the youngsters were split into age groups and hit the training grounds, Jaylon and his parents joined Texas AAU Youth Football League’s Rod Tanner to introduce Shoemaker senior Kobe Burgess High School here, a $1,000 league scholarship. Burgess is expected to attend West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas this fall.
Tanner said he chose Jaylon to present Burgess with his oversized check because he was the league’s first scholarship recipient.
Jaylon was an immediate starter as a true freshman for head coach Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies during the COVID 19-shortened 2020 season. Last season, he finished second on the team with eight passes defended, including two interceptions. In the Aggies’ upset against then-number one-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide last season, Jaylon had five tackles.
Mom, of course, is very proud.
“Oh, I’m very proud and I’m happy with all the work he did and the sacrifices he made,” Alishia said, “…because he had to work on his craft and couldn’t not hang around as much as he wanted to, but I’m sure he’s reaping the rewards now.
Jaylon said he had a simple message for young campers.
“Anything is possible and your biggest dreams can come true,” he said. “All you have to do is work hard.”
For more information on the Texas AAU Youth Football League, visit www.txaauyfl.com.