Jones Talks of Commitment

Compton (Calif.) defensive end Datone Jones said it was a hard decision to make, choosing UCLA over USC, and he talks more about his decision to pick the Bruins...

Compton (Calif.) defensive end Datone Jones (6-4, 235), was one of the eight prospects in the class of 2008 who committed to UCLA on Saturday.

"Yeah, I was real excited to make my commitment to UCLA," said Jones. "I felt like I could be one of their impact players in the future. They're losing 10 guys on defense and I feel the role I have is to come in and step up."

Jones met defensive line coach Todd Howard on Saturday and the meeting with Howard as well as defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker made an impact.

"Coach Howard was great and it was great to meet him since he's going to be my position coach," said Jones. "Coach Walker, he is just a great guy and he's a guy who could be a great role model for me."

Jones had hit 10 offers by the time he decided on Saturday but the offer he got from USC seemed to be the most appealing.

"Honestly, it came down to UCLA and USC," said Jones. "I mean it's the Trojans. It was a hard decision but I felt UCLA was the best place for me."

Jones made the decision earlier than he had initially expected but as his stock continued to rise, he could sense that recruiting could get busier.

"I didn't want this pressure in my head or for it to be a big distraction," said Jones. "I feel like I'm a good player and I wanted to be able to show it this year without worrying about this."

Jones said his family and his coach were thrilled to have him stay so close to home.

"My family was real happy and Coach Bryant was happy too that I'm going to UCLA," said Jones.

Jones said the coaches envisioned using him like Bruce Davis, and Jones will have an opportunity to compete for Davis' spot following his graduation.

Next month, Jones will attend the Combine at the Home Depot Center.

Jones finished the 2006 season with 60 tackles and four sacks and was an all Moore League selection.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT, which he has been practicing for.

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