Jelks Enjoys the Southland

The Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista defensive lineman, Jalen Jelks, camped in Los Angeles at the Nike Camp and then visited UCLA...

Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista defensive lineman Jalen Jelks (6-5, 250), was one of the top defensive linemen at the Los Angeles NFTC last weekend.

And the three-star is holding offers from all around the country, with more potentially making their way to him.

"I have offers from Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, Tennessee and Wisconsin," said Jelks.

A few Pac-12 schools are also checking him out.

"I think maybe Arizona State could be close, we'll see," said Jelks. "Oregon and UCLA too."

Jelks took an unofficial visit to UCLA in the days after the NFTC.

"I visited UCLA last week," said Jelks. "They didn't offer me but I really like it up there. It's a great campus and staff and it's a lot more than I thought it would be. Coach Angus (McClure) was who I talked with mostly."

Jelks enjoyed his time in the Southland.

"I love the weather in Southern California, it's very different than Arizona, but it's better than I expected," said Jelks. "It was fun going out to the Nike Camp and performing against some top players."

In fact, weather may be a tiny bit of a factor for Jelks in his college choice.

"I'm fine with anything, to be honest, I just don't want to go anywhere where it's deep, deep, deep cold," said Jelks. "But really, I just want to go to a school that fits me perfect."

Jelks, at 6-5, 250, likes the defensive line but said his offers and interest come at a variety of positions.

"Oregon State likes me as an offensive tackle, and if schools wanted to convert me to a tight end, I would be perfectly fine with it," said Jelks. "Mostly defense is where I'm being recruited though, but I'm willing to play anything. I've played nose tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end so I'm willing to play just about any position."

Jelks said he plans to take some more unofficial visits and potentially some camps in this spring and summer, but won't make a decision just yet.

"I'll decide after spring ball where else I want to go visit and maybe if I'll camp anywhere else," said Jelks.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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