Beavs recruiting hardest touted WR

ONE OF THE most highly touted receivers out West, Marvin Jones is ranked the No. 20 receiver prospect in the nation. Oregon State was the first to offer, and he says out of all the schools, the Beavers are the ones who have been showing him the most recruiting love. The four star pass grabber says the official visits will be huge to his decision, and he's also set a timetable.

The Beavs have made a decided impression on Jones over the course of the past several months.

"Oregon State, they were the first ones to offer me. In this whole recruiting thing, Oregon State has recruited me the most. They're not to take lightly, they beat USC and they used their receivers to the fullest. They throw the ball a lot and you'd be surprised. Coach (Lee) Hull and coach (Joe) Seumalo, I have good chemistry with them," said Jones.

College coaches like Jones (6-1.5, 180, 4.49) because he's the quintessential playmaker.

"Most of them say what makes me special is my durability, my speed and my ability to make something happen after the catch. On a screen (my mindset) is to stretch the field and take it all the way. They've also talked about how crisp my routes are and how I can get separation," said Jones.

Jones, out of Etiwanda, Calif., about 45 minutes out of Los Angeles, said the usual suspects will be important -- coaches, program, facilities. So, too, will be the type of offense run and also a program and environment that's all about hard work.

"The scheme of the offense is very important. How I'm going to be used, that's really (one of the) most important parts of the decision... And then the work ethic of the team. The coaches, how well they do things, the scheme in how much running and passing they do and how it fits me, and then the last is the facilities," said Jones.

Colorado and Arizona have sent the most text messages during the month of July, a time when many college coaches take vacation time.

JONES ENTERED the recruiting process this year with Cal and UO among his favorites, the result of an unofficial visit the year before to Cal when they played the Ducks.

"I liked Cal's offense and how they run, run, run -- and then run play action and throw deep. (Coaches Jeff Tedford, Kenwick Thompson, Dan Ferrigno) have all talked to me about how the program is really good, I like that. Coach Ferrigno, I had a chance to sit down and talk to him for about 30 minutes face to face. Oregon, I like their facilities and stadium, especially how they have their new spread offense and how they line up with four receivers most of the time," said Jones.

Jones will trip to Eugene the weekend of Sep. 29, with other schools and dates to be determined. He plans on making his decision in middle to late November, on the heels of his fifth and final official visit.

"USC, coach (David) Watson, the first thing he asked me; 'Are you waiting around to make your decision?' and I said yes, so I think that indicated they were going to wait a little longer to wait through my senior season. If they were to offer me, they'd go up, but they wouldn't be (on top) of everyone."

Jones caught 63 passes for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, earning first team all-state underclass honors. Defensively, he had 62 tackles with three interceptions but said all schools are recruiting him on offense at the next level.

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