Jones On Oregon and UCLA

Datone Jones, the 6-4, 240-pound defensive line prospect from Compton High, who is verbally committed to UCLA, was rumored to have verbally committed to Oregon on his official visit to Eugene this last weekend. He tells us where he now stands...

Compton (Calif.) defensive end Datone Jones (6-4.5, 240), took his second official visit this past weekend, tripping to Oregon.

"It was cool," said Jones. "I mean, it was great, I saw what I wanted to see. Marvin Johnson was my host for my trip. We had a real cool time. He was the only guy I knew before. The rest I saw on T.V."

Jones, like most visitors to Oregon, was enamored by the facilities that grace the Eugene campus. "I saw the facilities and I saw the stadiums and those were really cool," said Jones. "But what stood out to me the most was the players. Being around them was like being with family."

Jones spent a good deal of time with the Oregon coaching staff on his visit. "I was with mostly the whole defensive staff, Coach Grey, Coach Pellum, who's recruiting me and Coach Alliotti. I also got to talk with Coach Bellotti some," said Jones.

Jones had previously visited Colorado and next weekend he'll take his third visit, to Arizona State. Before Signing Day, he plans to visit UCLA officially, the school he remains committed to, albeit softly.

"This recruiting process, it's getting tiring. I'm thinking about it a lot with these other schools. But I'm still committed to UCLA," said Jones. "You know I'm ready for Signing Day. I just want to play football."

Jones said he was happy to hear that UCLA would bring back DeWayne Walker as well as defensive line coach Todd Howard. "Man, I was really excited about that. I know that everyone else was happy, too," said Jones. "I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and he sounds like a pretty good guy. I'm supposed to go up and meet him. I was supposed to do it after the game in Miami, but my flight got messed up. So I'm going to just drive up there to meet him and then I'll take my visit."

Jones played earlier this month in the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Miami, and he was one of the standouts for the West. "It was fun and I dominated there," said Jones. "I played defensive end and outside linebacker. That's what I'm going to play in college. I'm going to be like Shawn Merriman. I'm at 240 but I'm going to gain weight and get like 15 more pounds of muscle. I want to come in and weigh more and be about 260 so I can play as a true freshman. And my speed is not a problem, because I run track."

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