Decision Imminent for Jones

The #6 running back in the nation, Westlake Village Oaks Christian Malcolm Jones, said he's done with the information gathering phase of his recruitment and there's no point in dragging it out...

Malcolm Jones, the 6-foot, 215-pound five-star running back from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif., has been focusing on UCLA and Stanford since August.

"I like how these are both up-and-coming programs," Jones said. "They both offer a great education and I think I'd be able to play early at both of them. They aren't as deep at running back as some of the other schools (that have offered)."

Jones, ranked as the No. 6 running back in the country by Scout.com, says he has between 15-20 offers, including Oklahoma, LSU, USC, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and several others.

He says he's close to making a decision. "I'm down to two and there's no point in dragging it out," he said. "It should be within the next week or two."

Jones has already taken an official visit to Stanford and says he won't be taking any other visits. "UCLA is close by and I've been there a bunch of times already," he said. "I don't need to take an official visit there."

He visited Stanford officially on Sept. 26 for the Washington game. "It was fun," Jones said. "I liked it there. I got a lot of time to hang out with the players and really got to know them better.

"We talked about what it's like being a student-athlete there and how you adjust," he said.

"It was also cool because we got to go through all the pre-game routines with the team and see what it's like to go there," he said.

Jones says he plans on attending the UCLA/Oregon game at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 10.

"UCLA is doing pretty good right now," he said. "The coaches are great and they are up-and-coming."

He says he watched the UCLA/Stanford game on TV. "It was a good game," he said. "Toby Gerhart (Cardinal senior running back) is great. He's really tough to stop."

So how does Jones plan on choosing between the Bruins and the Cardinal? "I think it'll come down to where I feel the most at home," he said. "I've seen all that I need to and it's probably just going to be a gut feeling."

Oaks Christian High School is still undefeated with a 4-0 record. Jones has over 600 yards rushing with nine touchdowns. He also has two touchdowns receiving.

Jones plans on majoring in business finance and reports a 3.9 core GPA and a 24 ACT.


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