Jones: "I Haven't Made Up My Mind"

Datone Jones, the defensive end from Compton, Calif., who is a soft commitment to UCLA, is still deciding between the Bruins and another Pac-10 school. Interestingly, he also has been recruiting the other UCLA-committed recruits -- to UCLA...

Compton (Calif.) defensive end Datone Jones still isn't ready to finalize his decision on college, but the soft commit to UCLA said the Bruins have the edge.

"It's still just UCLA and Oregon for me," said Jones. "I still haven't made up my mind once and for all."

There were rumors that Jones had de-committed from UCLA and was set to commit elsewhere, but he shot that down quickly Tuesday night.

"Oh, heck no, I haven't de-committed. Honestly, it would have to be something crazy for me not to sign with UCLA. Something would have to come up to change my mind. Basically, I'm waiting until I'm 100% before I make the decision," said Jones.

Interestingly enough, Jones said he's been making sure that the other UCLA-committed players stick with the Bruins. "I keep telling them, stick with it. We're trying to keep each other on board," said Jones.

Jones said that UCLA and Oregon both came in for in-home visits last week. "I had a good conversation with the Oregon coaches. They were real cool to talk to. I liked what they had to say," said Jones.

Then the Bruin staff made their pitch to Jones. "Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Todd) Howard came by. Coach Neuheisel, he's excellent. I didn't know too much about him at first but he's a great guy. To me, he's outgoing. Coach Howard, I have a really good relationship with. I love his way of teaching. I basically went to every spring practice just to watch him coach. Then I had a chance for him to coach me at the UCLA camp. He's a great teacher," said Jones.

Jones said that his family was very impressed with Neuheisel, having initially been wooed by Karl Dorrell. "My family really liked him (Neuheisel). They think he's real funny," said Jones. "They want me close by, too."

Jones, though, said he's still days away from either confirming his commitment to the Bruins, or making the switch and picking Oregon.

"When I'm 100% ready, then I'll announce it," said Jones.

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