A top five for California gamebreaker

OVER THE COURSE of a sought prospect's recruitment, schools move up and down. For one 4-star WR prospect out of Etiwanda, Calif., OSU has made a climb up his leader's list. But, for the playmaker with double digit offers, the competition is fierce. Oregon State and others touched base recently and the 6-1.5, 180-pounder talks top five, one of the things his decision will be based on and much more.

Since Sept. 1 when schools have been allowed to initiate a phone call, Marvin Jones said he has heard from Oregon State, Cal and Fresno State.

"We touched base on questions on recruiting and who's still in the game in my eyes for college. And then just what I've been doing, my first game was last Friday," said the personable Jones.

THE SCHOOLS STILL in the mix, or perhaps more accurately, the schools who make up his top five, include the Beavers.

"Cal, Oregon, Arizona, Oregon State, Arizona State, those are like my top five," said Jones.

There has been some movement over the past month or two as schools jockey for position with Cal remaining the leader. The gap, however, has narrowed, said Jones.

"Right now, Cal is slightly over Oregon. But they're also kind of even right now. Some of the other schools, like Oregon State and Arizona, they've come up. But they're also not on that (top) level just yet," said Jones.

WHAT MAY PROVE to be a deciding factor in Jones' decision will be the offense the school runs and how their schemes fit him, he said. Jones said he likes Cal because of the variety in the Bear offense, while he likes Oregon because of their spread attack.

An official visit to Oregon State is in the works with the details to be finalized.

"I just talked to coach (Lee) Hull a couple days ago," said Jones. "We didn't set up a specific date but I talked about having an official with them."

A trip is scheduled for Oregon on Sep. 29 when Cal comes to Eugene. A visit to Cal was scheduled for the second week of October but Jones had down a wrong date so the timing of his trip to Berkeley is yet to be decided.

"I scheduled my visit for October 10 but that's actually on a Wednesday so I have to reschedule that," Jones said with a laugh.

THE SEASON OPENER was a letdown for Jones as Etiwanda lost 33-6. "It was a hard game for us," he said.

Jones, however, had some sparkling individual numbers in Week 1, with 10 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he racked up a heady 17 tackles.

All schools are recruiting at Jones as a receiver. He caught 63 passes for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior campaign, earning first team all-state underclass honors. Defensively, he logged 62 tackles with three interceptions in 2006.

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