He put his name on the map at the SoCal NIKE Camp last March where he measured in at 6-5, 215 pounds and tested very well in the SPARQ drills running a 4.75-40, 4.07 shuttle and jumped 34 inches in the vertical. He looked very good catching the ball in the position drills and just oozed upside.
We saw Jones in person again in September when Bishop Gorman hosted Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe. He looked at least 10 pounds heavier and with two years to develop before he hits college, Jones could end up in the 6-5 to 6-6 range and hold off 250 pounds easily without losing any of his athleticism.
On the recruiting front, UCLA was the first school to offer Jones back in March and the athlete said the Bruins were his childhood favorite and the school his whole family rooted for. Soon offers rolled in from all over the country including Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame and USC.
Jones took two visits to Notre Dame and never appeared close to making a quick decision but that changed this past weekend. The tight end was in the Rose Bowl for UCLA's game with Arizona State on Saturday and committed Sunday morning.
"As soon as I stepped foot on campus there, I knew that's where I wanted to be," Jones said. "There's no other place I want to be other than in Westwood playing for Jim Mora and the rest of the coaching staff. I'm 100% happy with my decision and it feels very good to be a Bruin.
"Coach Klemm was the one recruiting me and he's a great guy. I have a good relationship with the whole staff though and I can't wait to get there. The game was pretty incredible, I really thought they were going to pull it out in the end. They'll be back next year though, they just have to finish the season strong but they're going to be real good in the future with all the young talent they have."