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Top '26 Recruit, Braeden Jones - Mount Carmel, picks up offers from both Vanderbilt and Florida this week. The 6'5 250lbs Defensive End talks football:

By: Jenny

Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell-Braeden currently has offers from Vanderbilt, Florida, Purdue, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Auburn, Nebraska, Iowa State, and Akron

Braeden Jones, Mount Carmel, DE

Class Of 2026 6'5 250lbs

Jersey #:99 // Positions: DE // Height & Weight:6'5" 250lbs // Shuttle: 4.7 // Squat (lbs): 405lbs x 3 // Deadlift (lbs): 500lbs x 3

Braeden- You are coming off your sophomore season as one of the top recruits in the Class of 2026. What are you working on this off-season?

This off-season I am working on becoming more explosive and getting better with my footwork.

What do your off-season workouts look like?

My off-season workouts consist of 2-3 compound lifts with band work and isometrics we are also working on change of direction as of right now.

What is the strongest part of your game?

The strongest part of my game is my run stopping and pass rushing being able to hurry the quarterback and get a hand in his face.

Your recruitment has really picked up and you hold multiple Power 4 offers. Florida offered you yesterday and Vanderbilt offered you today. Are any of those offers more meaningful or special than the others?

Every offer of mine is extremely meaningful and I give all glory to God and my sacrifice.

You recently had a visit to the University of Florida; how did that go?

My most recent visit to Florida went well I got to meet with guys like Brandon Spikes, Mike Peterson, and Head Coach Napier, who offered me.

What upcoming visits do you have planned?

I don’t have any as of right now but that will probably change as Tennessee wants to get me on campus soon.


Mount Carmel is coming off back-to-back state championships. What can we expect from the Caravan this season?

You can expect the same intensity as last year just with a younger team and many new starters.

What motivates you to win?

My auntie who passed away when I was 10 and my grandmother who passed away when I was 5 are my biggest motivations also God is another one.

How are your grades going this year?

My grades are well I’m averaging a 3.4 GPA. I will finish strong.

If there is one player that you would say this is going to be his year, who would you say?

One player that I think should break out this year is Lamont Miller (C/O 2026 6'4" Guard) he was almost a full time starter as a sophomore and is extremely talented.



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