Jones Makes His Own Mark

The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman five-star 2015 tight end, Alize Jones, wants to leave his own legacy...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman has long been home to some of the elite prospects in the West Region, with former five-stars like Xavier Grimble, now at USC and Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray some of the premier players to call Gorman home.

But 2015 tight end Alize Jones (6-4, 220), may very well end up the most heavily recruited prospect to play for the Gaels.

Jones is a five-star already in the Scout 300 for 2015 and ranked as the top tight end the country, like Grimble was in the 2010 class.

"I was happy about being a five-star and it's a real blessing," said Jones. "It shows how hard work pays off. My family, coaches and teammates, they were excited."

Jones has a dozen offers, but early offers from Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Arizona State and Baylor have already caught his eye, though he said it's far too early to have favorites.

"They're all really neutral right now," said Jones. "I'll probably have my favorites once I take my visits next year."

Meanwhile, the two-time defending champions have made it clear he's on their radar.

"The only school that has said that they really want to watch my junior year is Alabama, and that they would be offering me this year if I do we'll and that they would end up offering in the future," said Jones. "That was big."

Still Jones said that half of his have certainly intrigued him.

"The ones I'm pretty interested in are Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Arizona State and Baylor," said Jones.

Jones was one of the top underclass performers at the Los Angeles NFTC in March. A few days later, his first offer came in.

"UCLA was my first offer," said Jones. "I was excited and it shocked me honestly. My coaches said 'you want some good news.' And at that moment, they told me UCLA was offering and I was so excited. The second one was Vanderbilt and I was still just as happy about it, just to know that schools were offering me."

Jones camped at UCLA, Notre Dame and Nebraska, and said he'll do more next summer.

"The UCLA and Notre Dame camps, the coaches really helped me with my technique and I feel like my blocking has improved a lot," said Jones.

And that's what Jones had set out to work on this offseason.

"I feel like people look at me as a receiving tight end, and I do know I need to improve on my blocking, so working out with coaches has really helped that," said Jones.

Jones said comparisons to Grimble happen often, and he doesn't shy away from that, but wants to leave his own mark.

"I get compared to him a lot, and that's cool. Xavier is a great player and I try to pattern my game off of Xavier," said Jones. "But at the end of the day, I want to be me, I just want to be Alize Jones."

Another player that Jones mimics is former Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.

"I can go out wide, like Tyler Eifert," said Jones. "He's a great tight end who I see myself a lot alike. I look up to him because I can kind of relate because his speed is a mismatch against corners and linebackers."

And the Notre Dame offer, a school that signed former Gael Ronnie Stanley in 2012, meant a lot.

"I was excited and it was a big deal for me," said Jones. "They produce tight ends really well. I mean just look what they did for Tyler Eifert."

Jones said he gradually wants to put on weight over the next two years and by the time he graduates.

"By the end of my senior year, I want to be 235-240 but I want to maintain my speed. Just football, just one sport for me. I feel like I'm still growing. I think by college, I'll be 6-6, 235."

But first things first, the Gaels are focusing on yet another state championship, having won the past four.

They'll start their season this Friday when they host Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe in a game that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports 1.

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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