2018 3-star RB on CU's radar

Now that the calendar has turned to September, colleges can ramp up communication with 2018 recruiting prospects. One 2018 player on the radar for the majority of the Pac-12 is Upland (Calif.) High School running back Kyle Jones.

Jones, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound, three-star junior out of Southern California has received mail from the University of Colorado and he recently took a summer vacation to the Centennial State.

“Yeah, them and a couple other schools,” Jones told BuffStampede.com when asked if he’s heard from CU.

The 2018 hopeful noted that interaction with schools was primed to increase with the date moving past Sept. 1 and all.

“Oregon a lot, Oregon State, SC, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State. Lot of Pac-12,” Jones continued on early interest out of the conference CU calls home.

There are no offers yet for the Upland running back, but if the Buffs do eventually step to the table, Jones would take a keen interest. He said his dream offer, though, includes the letters U, S and C.

“If I was to get the [Colorado] offer, I’d consider. I took a visit out there, because my brother happens to stays out there. Boulder, I didn’t go onto the campus or anything, but I got the feel of how Colorado feels. I really enjoyed it,” Jones said.

“Right now no offers, a lot of interest. This is my first year as a full-fledged starter. Last year I was kind of like a background player, we had a senior. This will be my first year having the keys to the car,” he continued.

Jones has an older brother based out of Aurora, Colo., who coaches high school football in this fine state. The 2018 running back spent a lot of his summer on the 7-on-7 scene, bypassing traditional college camps.

“My brother is a head coach out there so I was able to go help him around his school, help the players. I went fishing, stuff like that, hiking, all that,” Jones continued on his summer visit.

The SoCal prospect hopes to take unofficials to USC and UCLA this fall, maybe even get out to “some other schools.” Jones accounted for 53 yards on 10 carries in Upland’s season-opening loss last weekend to Mountain Pointe, see Arizona powerhouse.

“I’ll be getting a lot more carries. I’ve been working on my explosiveness, my cuts, getting my speed up,” Jones said of junior goals, adding he wouldn’t mind blowing up, recruiting wise.

“That’s the plan. I have a pretty good chance. We’re looking pretty good. We have a good quarterback, the defense is nice. Backfield is good.”

Upland looks to rebound from the Mountain Pointe loss on the road at 0-1 Claremont. The Upland Highlands/Scots -- which is it? – routinely produce Division-1 talent.

“We have two, our quarterback and then we have one of our receivers and he has 13 offers. The one that has 13 offers is Jared Baylor and the other is Gary Theard,” Jones said of his team.

With plenty of recruiting row to hoe, Jones is taking things in stride. He’s looking forward to landing that first offer and to adding to his prep stat sheet this season.

 “It’s a long process, I’m enjoying it so far,” Jones said on recruiting. 

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