SULPHUR — Sulphur senior Cameron Jones is just as meticulous in his preparation for playing defensive back as he is signing a national letter of intent.

Jones maneuvered his head within a few inches of the piece of paper that he needed to sign that letter of intent inside the Sulphur High School library Wednesday morning on National Signing Day. He made sure that he got every letter of his name was printed in ink neatly. He signed away, fulfilling his dream of playing Division II football for East Central University.

“To get an offer from them is a blessing,” Jones said. “I had to take them up on that.”

ECU is under the direction of veteran coach Tim McCarty, who just wrapped up his 10th season.

“I like the energy of the coaches,” Jones said. “They want you to be the best that you can.”

Jones’ signing with ECU culminates a difficult road to recovery for Jones. He injured two vertebrae in his back during a game against Plainview his sophomore season. He was determined to get back to playing football.

“I had to keep that in the back of my head, saying that I was going to play again,” he said. “Whenever they released me, I just worked out as hard as could and get my back strong.”

Jones will play solely at cornerback for ECU after serving as Sulphur’s starting quarterback, punter and starting defensive back his senior season.