When Baylor offered Midway senior linebacker Lenoy Jones Jr. a scholarship Thursday morning, it didn’t take him long to accept.
Jones de-committed from the University of Houston and plans to sign with Baylor on the Feb. 4 national signing day.
“It’s a dream come true because I had been waiting for this offer a long time,” Jones said. “I talked to the Baylor coaches about two weeks ago, and I promised I’d commit if they offered me. I just feel blessed to be a part of Baylor’s program.”
Jones was named the District 12-6A defensive MVP in 2014 after collecting 154 tackles, including 10 for loss. He forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and also recorded a sack.
“I talk a lot of smack, and I think you have to have that as a linebacker,” Jones said. “But you have to be able to back it up.”
Midway coach Terry Gambill has been impressed by the work ethic Jones has shown over the past few seasons, and how he’s grown as a linebacker and a leader of the Panther defense.
“Lenoy is a tough football player and it’s very important to him to be a good football player,” Gambill said. “Every year he’s gotten better. He knew as a junior that he wasn’t where he needed to be to go to the next level, and he had to change that. I saw a big change from his junior to senior year. He placed more importance on his work habits and film study, and put more hours in.”
Jones comes from great bloodlines since his father, Lenoy Jones Sr., starred for Groesbeck High School before playing for TCU. Beginning in 1996, he played seven NFL seasons as a linebacker for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns.
Lenoy Jones Sr. is a defensive line coach for the Midway football team.
“My dad is an inspiration and he’s basically why I’m here,” Lenoy Jones Jr. said. “We have a great relationship. I’m blessed to have a dad who played linebacker in the NFL.”
Lenoy Jones Jr. joined the Midway varsity as a sophomore in 2012 and moved into a starting linebacker role as a junior in 2013. He was one of the leaders of the Midway defense along with safety Khalil Haughton who verbally committed to Oklahoma last month.
“Our players voted Lenoy the MVP, and that says a lot about what his peers think of him,” Gambill said. “Between him and Khalil, our defense had great leadership. When young people realize they can work toward goals, and it’s not just a dream, it becomes something very special.”
Gambill said Baylor is recruiting the 6-1, 215-pound Jones as an inside linebacker, the position he played for the Panthers.
“He’s strong but he’ll have to develop like any young person growing into college football,” Gambill said. “He’ll have to get bigger, faster and stronger because that’s another level.”
Jones is the 14th commitment in Baylor’s 2015 class as he joins Midway receiver Devontre Stricklin.