Jones Lands Dream Offer

Although just a sophomore and a part time starter a year ago, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones picked up his first scholarship offer this week...

Alize Jones caught just nine balls for 224 yards and three touchdowns last season but one quick look at his frame and athleticism at the SoCal NIKE Camp over the weekend was enough to see he's a special talent.

Jones measured in at a solid 6-4, 215 pounds and carries it very well. With optional testing now a part of the NIKE Camps, Jones took part and tested off the charts clocking a 4.75-40 (electric), 4.06 shuttle and jumped almost 34" in the vertical. His 99.7 SPARQ Rating will likely be one of the highest for any sophomore tested anywhere in the country this year.

Jones showed he was a lot more than just a workout warrior with a solid performance in the position drills.

"His athletic tools are off the chart," Nike Camp lead WR coach Chris Angel said. "He looks a little new to the game and needs to understand route running and some basic fundamentals but he has every tool you're looking for. He's big, fast and has hands, it's all there and he's still young so he could be special."

On the recruiting front, Jones wasn't hearing from any schools and out of the blue, his first offer came on Wednesday.

"UCLA offered me a scholarship through my head coach, Tony Sanchez," Jones said. "I was so excited I couldn't believe it. I've been a big Bruin fan my whole life, that's my dream school. To get my first offer from my dream school is amazing, God is good, that's all I can say.

"I grew up watching UCLA and my whole family are all Bruin fans. I just love the program and I like their offense a lot. I've never been there before, but I've always wanted to check out the campus and I'm planning to camp there this summer. I also plan to camp with Notre Dame and that's all I know I have set up right now."

With UCLA being the dream school, did Jones give any thought to making an early commitment?

"No I don't plan on committing right now," Jones said. "I want to go through the process and take my time since it's so early for me. I'm definitely excited about the offer though and I'm looking forward to seeing how everything else plays out for me."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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