Washington WR Could Visit UCLA

Jamaal Jones, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star wide receiver from Kapowsin High School in Graham, Wash., is looking at the Pac-10, and is potentially making plans to come south and visit UCLA...

Jamaal Jones, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star wide receiver from Kapowsin High School in Graham, Wash., has offers from Washington, Washington State and Idaho, but says that the Huskies are the team to beat.

"I like the environment there and the coaches are great," Jones said. "They're always hyped up and bring the best out of the players. I think they are doing a great job and you can really see the difference on the field. I went to a game two years ago and there was no energy. I went last year and it was totally different. Everyone was into it."

He says the Huskies are only about one hour from his house. "It would be an advantage to stay close," he said. "I'd like to have my family see me play."

Jones already attended the Huskies Junior Day and says they are recruiting him the hardest.

He favors Washington solidly over UCLA, Oregon, Boise State and California.

Jones plans on attending the Oregon Junior Day on April 3. "The facilities are great," he said. "It seems like a great place for an athlete. I haven't met coach Chip Kelly yet. They told me a few months ago that I'd have to meet the head coach before they offer. I may be getting one this weekend."

He says that UCLA and Boise State are also showing interest, while Cal is not. "They aren't really recruiting me," he said.

"But UCLA said they're very excited about me and want to meet me before they offer," he said. "They seem like good people, but I've never been on the campus or anything."

Jones says he may try to visit the Bruins later this spring or summer.

"Boise State is saying the same stuff too," he said. "I like their coaches, but I need to learn more about the program."

This summer Jones will be attending a camp with his high school team at Eastern Washington, as well as the Washington Rising Stars camp and a Nike camp at Oregon.

He says he'd like to make a decision in late June or July.

"I want to get it out of the way," he said. "I should be ready to do it by then and don't want to wait too long.

"I just want to see how the coaches treat the players and get an idea for the environment," he said. "I'm not a big party guy, so I want to see what it's like and be in a place that feels like home."

Jones finished his junior season with 40 receptions for around 600 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"I'm big and I can get away from the defender," he said. "I get good separation and I play quick too. I can usually make the guy miss and make a big play."

He says he can bench 225-pounds, squat 325 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

"I want to be more physical and get stronger," he said. "I also want to improve my hand strength."

Jones says he didn't grow up following a specific programs and says his parents don't have a preference either.

He plans on majoring in either astronomy or business and reports a 2.7 core GPA. He took the SAT earlier in March and is still waiting for the results.


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