Cody Jones is a YouTube star and social media influencer. He is one of the five co-founders and cast members of the incredibly popular YouTube channel Dude Perfect, which has over 28 million subscribers and almost 5 billion views. Jones had a religious upbringing but at the end of high school, he started to focus more on girls and basketball. Eventually, he found religion again and enrolled in a university where he studied finance and real estate. It was there that one day he met two of his future partners, Coby and Cory Cotton. They invited him to live in a house with two other friends. In March 2009, the channel was set up. The content they started to put out covered a wide range of topics. Since then, they have become one of the juggernauts on the platform. While for the most part they upload sports-related content, there are also challenge videos, comedy skits, and a parody talk show. After years of hard work, Jones and his partners have made Dude Perfect the seventh most subscribed channel overall and the first most subscribed sports channel.
Rise to Fame
Cody Jones was studying at Texas A&M University when he became acquainted with his future partners, twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, and Tyler Toney. He met the Cotton twins first, while they were playing basketball at the university’s recreation centre. The twins invited him to stay in a house which they shared with Hilbert and Toney.
After graduating, Jones briefly worked in real estate. The five friends set up the channel on March 16, 2009. Their first video, titled ‘Backyard Edition’, featured the friends performing progressively more complex basketball shots in their backyard over a bet on sandwiches. Posted on 8 April 2009, the video garnered over 200,000 views within one week. Realising that they had something special there, Jones and others began to upload content on a regular basis.
Soon enough, professional endorsement offers and requests started to pour in. The first request came from the then-Sacramento Kings player Tyreke Evans, who was then a hopeful for the Rookie of the Year accolade. In the subsequent years, they have also collaborated with the likes of actor Paul Rudd, singer Tim McGraw, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson, Ryan Swope, volleyball star Morgan Beck, Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Johnny Manzie, and the US Olympics team. Their official mascot is a panda.
Dude Perfect has released a series of self-titled mobile games for iOS and Android. In September 2015, Jones and the others secured a TV series deal with CMT. Titled ‘The Dude Perfect Show’, the series began airing in early 2016.
At 6 feet 6 inches, Jones is referred to as the “tall guy” by the fans. They set up another channel, DudePerfectTV, on August 30, 2011. It is mainly used for vlogging. They have a third channel, ‘trickshots’, which was surprisingly created even before the main channel, on June 5, 2006. However, it sees the least amount of activities.
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Cody Jones was born on October 9, 1987 in Plano, Texas, US, in a religious family. They went to church on every Sunday. As a high school student, he played basketball and was part of the school’s basketball team which won the 2005-06 Class 5A State Championship for boys. By the end of high school, he entered a phase when he “strayed away from the Lord”. His attention apparently shifted more towards basketball and girls. He enrolled at Texas A&M University to study finance and real estate. Three months later, he rediscovered religion.
After completing his education, Jones married his long-time girlfriend Allison. In 2016, their daughter, Landry, was born.