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CBS4 SPORTS EXCLUSIVE: "Hometown Glory," the story of Aaron & Alvin Jones

EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) -- One has a real shot at playing in the NFL, the other was All-Conference.

Aaron and Alvin Jones have become the larger than life poster children for Borderland football players dreaming of playing at the highest level, influencing more local kids to play in the Sun Bowl.

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They're competitive at everything...


"Me."

"No, that's me."


... as only twins can be.


"What kind of sciences have you taken here at UTEP?"

"I took environmental science lab and got an A."

"Environmental... that's easy."

"You take environmental right now!"

"Yeah, and I got a B."

"You didn't get an A."


After graduating from Burges HS, Aaron and Alvin Jones have spent the last three season shining on Saturdays in the Sun Bowl... with something to prove.


"Kids from El Paso are just as good as kids from Houston."


Soft-spoken off the field.. these brothers let their play do the talking between the lines. Defensively, Alvin led the team in tackles, while on offense Aaron sprinted into Miner lore as UTEP's all-time rusher. Then came this (announcement)


"Today, I've decided that I want to declare for the NFL Draft."


It was a moment validating something bigger happening in El Paso.


"The football has changed since I was here as an assistant coach."

UTEP head coach Sean Kugler.

"The quality of football has gotten better. There's quality athletes. I think, every year there are between five and eight division-one players. But, uh, we do want to keep the best players at home."


And they have. In the four seasons since Kugler took over he averages eight local recruits per year. That's 50% more than Mike Price's former teams. When we asked coach Price why he didn't recruit harder locally he told CBS4 he did, ... the Borderland just didn't produce the players, or have the coaching and facilities it does now. This season El Paso football players will make up 1/3rd of UTEP's roster - 17 of which, on scholarship.


"To be signing division I and my hometown team, I couldn't have asked for anything better."


"WHEN COACH KUGLER CAME ON AND SAID I'M GOING TO RECRUIT EL PASO KIDS, HOW MUCH DID THAT CHANGE THE EL PASO MINDSET OF A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER? "

"... When coach Kugs came he's the one who offered me. But really the next year is when he started offering a lot of El Paso kids and everybody was like, 'Oh I need to play hard and be the best in the city so I can get a scholarship.' "

"You could tell they're playing harder because coach Kugs is out there looking for the next top talent in El Paso. And he's going to recruit them."

"IS THIS A TREND THAT'S GOING TO KEEP CONTINUING WITH EL PASO FOOTBALL? "

"... Uh, I sure hope so. We've seen players every year getting noticed: Montez (COL) Steele (MIN) Cooper (AZ). They're starting to really come in here and actually recruit players. Before, they wouldn't really."


And now Tyquez Hampton is continuing that tradition. The El Dorado WR committed to Utah back in November, and is already on campus attending classes.


"Ya know it's great having mentors from those type of guys because they've been there, they know what it's like. They're doing it right now."


But whether it's Utah or UTEP you can bet the Jones bros are always watching.


"Tweet them congrats. I'm supporting everybody that's from El Paso. They supported us."

"It's easier, once they start coming on their visits, to get closer to them right before signing day because you actually get to spend time with them."


Before leaving to train for the NFL combine, Aaron told me he was doing everything he could to lock up his replacement.


"YOU TRYING TO CONVINCE FIELDS TO COME HERE?"

"... I am, haha, I definitely am. I want him here."

Americas RB Josh Fields - one of Texas' top rushers.

"WOULD YOU BE OKAY IF HE BROKE YOUR RECORDS?"

"... I would definitely be okay. Records are meant to be broken but, yeah, I would definitely love to see him in the orange and blue running up and down the field the way I did."


Safe to say it worked.


"You can't get any better than that. He's a great guy, I talk to him all the time. I talked to him before I made this decision and when he talked to me, he said all great things about UTEP. That's why I made my decision, here."


"IF HE HAS SUCCESS IN THE NFL, WHAT HAPPENS LOCALLY?"

"... Well, I think it puts UTEP on the map that El Paso kids can go to UTEP. They don't have to go to Texas A&M or Texas to have a chance to go to the NFL, and he will be a prime example."


For now, Aaron's future remains an unknown.


"IT'S GONNA BE WEIRD WITH HIM NOT HERE ON THIS FIELD NEXT YEAR, RIGHT?"

"... haha, right! haha, real weird."

But if this experience has taught me anything... Sun Bowl... or Super Bowl... these brothers will still always be brothers


"All you make is that same dish."

"No, I make steak."

"Bro, I make steak, I make chicken, I make everything."

"I've made everything too."

"No, I've made cakes.. brownies."

"Where was I when you made these cakes and brownies?"

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Aaron Jones is probably packing his bags for the NFL Combine as we speak.

His on field work out will be March 3rd.

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