Is Jones Wavering at All?

The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman five-star tight end, Alize Jones, talks about his commitment to UCLA...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones (6-4, 225), knew that UCLA was where he wanted to be, so he didn't find any reason to wait and make a decision.

That's why last November, after he visited UCLA unofficially, Jones committed to the Bruins a good 15 months before he'd sign a letter of intent.

"UCLA had always been a big school for my family," said Jones. "My dad and my uncle, since they were little, they always followed UCLA. Just building that relationship with the coaching staff was great. When I went down there on my visit, I was like, Man, this is really where I want to be, so I committed."

The commitment from Jones at that point was the first for UCLA in the 2015 class.

It also gave the Bruins an elite prospect, a five-star ranked No. 1 at his position.

For Jones, the number one important thing for him was the education he'd receive.

"The education was something I couldn't pass on," said Jones. "I had family down there so that with the education, I just could see myself in the blue and gold."

Since Jones' commitment, UCLA has picked up three more verbals, from Victor Alexander, Jaason Lewis and Bolu Olorunfunmi.

"Bolu and I started following each other on Twitter, and I look forward to talking to him more," said Jones. "I talk to Jaason Lewis a lot too."

There is one other prospect that Jones talks often with.

"Josh Rosen and I are doing a lot of talking," said Jones. "I talked to him a long time ago, and he was like "Man, are you going to UCLA?' And I was like 'yeah.' And he was like, 'Man, I like it there.' So I was like, 'Man you've got to come. If you come, it will be really cool.' He's a really cool guy. I've seen him a lot of times. When I was visiting, I talked to him at the UCLA-ASU game. He's a great guy. I've been hearing a lot about him and he's legit."

With Rosen likely to commit to the Bruins next week and with Asiantii Woulard already on campus, and Brett Hundley gone after this season, Jones is eager to see who takes over the offense once Hundley is gone to the NFL.

"I met Asiantii Woulard when I went to the camp and he's pretty cool too," said Jones. "I want to go to an offense where they throw the ball and UCLA throws the ball a lot, and that's what I like. Some people say they don't throw the ball to their tight ends, but I say that if you can play and you're a baller, you'll get the ball. They used Joe Fauria when they had him."

Jones said his relationship with the Bruin coaching staff was key in his decision.

"Coach (Adrian) Klemm and I have a great relationship," said Jones. "Coach Mora and I talk all the time. I talk to him and he just checks in and I'll call him and write him on Twitter and we'll talk about practice and school. I talk to the Mazzones a lot, too. They write me letters and they write jokes. They're great guys. I talk to Taylor (Mazzone) the most."

Since his commitment, Jones has added offers from schools like Auburn and Oregon and Alabama has also told him they would come watch him in the spring.

"Alabama came out here last year and they'll be back and then Auburn offered and I was like, Man, that's crazy, this was the team that played in the national championship," said Jones.

But Jones isn't looking around.

"UCLA was my first offer and they were on me tough and it's where I want to be," said Jones. "I'm solid. Especially being committed, trying to take visits to other schools is not a good look. I already know where I want to go, so it's a waste of time to visit anyone else."

Jones plans to get back out to Westwood during the summer for the Bruin Elite Camp.

"I'll go out there this summer for the camp," said Jones. "A couple of my friends want to go out there and tour the campus and are going to their camp. So I want to be there with them."

An UnderArmour All-American, Jones is hoping before he gets to Orlando that he's celebrating another state title, having alread won it twice.

Next fall, Bishop Gorman will play three CIF Southern Section Trinity League teams: St. John Bosco, Servite and Santa Margarita plus Brophy Prep from Phoenix and Bingham out of Utah.

"I'm very excited about this schedule, especially going into my senior year," said Jones. "We know this is our team and we have to lead. We can't have a slow start like last year. Our main goal is to win another state championship and maybe more."

Jones said the game with St. John Bosco could be pretty intriguing.

"It's pretty funny because I've been thinking about it. If he (Rosen) does go to UCLA and I'm playing against him, there will be a lot of talking. That will be fun."

At 225 pounds, Jones said he wants to put on a few more pounds by the time the fall comes around.

"I want to be 230, but my weight right now, I'm pretty comfortable with it," said Jones. "I know when I get to college I'll gain weight. I'm comfortable right now, though, and I want to maintain that speed."




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