UCLA on Short List for Jones

Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Jack Jones is one of the state's two-way players and was one of the more impressive receivers we saw at the recent B2G 7v7 tournament...

Jack Jones is among the top prospects out West with the ability to play on either side of the ball. He played exclusively at receiver at the B2G 7v7 last Monday and looked very good. Here was our recap of Jones' performance following the event:

"Jones looks at least 10 pounds heavier from last season, mostly in his upper body but still has his same high level burst and quickness. He can get deep and run past a defender but his most impressive skill set will be his ability to run after the catch. He's an explosive kid and although he dropped a few balls, his hands won't be an issue."

What some don't know is Jones is equally as talented at the corner position and might be an even better prospect on that side of the ball as well.

"I don't have a preference between the two spots," Jones said. "I've actually played a lot more corner than receiver, last season at Poly was the first year I was a full time receiver. I think I'll play a lot more defense this season and when it comes to college, I'll play whatever gets me on the field the fastest."

On the recruiting front, Jones said his goal is to have a top five by the end of the summer but said a few schools will likely make that cut.

"USC and Oklahoma are recruiting me the hardest right now," Jones said. "My top five is pretty fluid, it changes around a lot but there's a good chance those two will be on it and UCLA as well. After that, I'm really not sure, I'm still taking my time with the process and I know I want do some visits before I commit anywhere.

"Three schools that I would love to hear more from who haven't offered yet are LSU, Florida State and Alabama. They're all great programs and I would love to visit there so hopefully I'll hear more from them over the spring and summer."

With his former Poly teammate, Iman Marshall, now at USC, not to mention the Trojans were the childhood favorite, there has been some buzz that Jones could be close to a lock.

"No, that's not true at all," Jones said. "I like USC and I talk to them a lot but I'm not leaning anywhere right now, I want to keep everything open. I want to go through the process and take as much time as possible to make sure I'm doing the right thing.

"If I know where I want to go, I'll pull the trigger but I'm not close right now, I'm really not. Location won't play a big role. It's cool that USC and UCLA are close to home and my friends and family could see me but I'm looking where I'll fit in the best and where I think I can have the most success on and off the field."


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