Four-star McKinney (Texas) North running back Ronald Jones II committed to USC on national television before the Under Armour All-America Game Friday afternoon. The 6-foot, 185-pound rusher chose the Trojans over Notre Dame after decommitting from Oklahoma State in December.
"Without further ado, I'm taking my talents to USC," Jones said during the pre-game show. "Fight on, baby! I'm a Trojan."
"I really believe in Coach Sark's vision for the team, not only for myself, and also Coach [Clay] Helton and Coach [Johnny] Nansen that we going to get this national championship now. So let's do it. Fight on, baby."
Recruited by Johnny Nansen and Chris Wilson, Jones becomes commit No. 19 for the Trojans and the third running back taken. He joins fellow Texas back Aca'cedric Ware, a three-star prospect from Cedar Hill, and Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany running back/wide receiver Dominic Davis. Jones is the highest rated of the trio, ranked as the No. 77 overall recruit in the country and the No. 12 running back.
The Trojans have three scholarship running backs on the roster, but redshirt junior Javorius Allen could still opt to enter the NFL Draft leaving only sophomore Justin Davis and redshirt junior converted linebacker Tre Madden, who missed the 2014 season with foot injuries and played only sparingly the second half of the 2013 season due to injuries.
Jones officially visited USC December 5 during the Trojans' National University Holiday Bowl preparations. Not long after his visit to Los Angeles the former Oklahoma State commit opened up his recruitment and eventually narrowed his decision to USC and Notre Dame before announcing his decision today.
Jones rushed for 2,009 yards and 28 touchdowns this year for McKinney North after rushing for 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns during his junior season. He's been able to rush for nearly 4,500 yards the last two seasons by averaging 9.1 yards per carry and 176.6 yards per game. He has big-play ability thanks to his breakaway speed. Once he gets in the open, there aren't many players going to catch him. Jones ran a wind-aided 10.63 100-meter dash in 2014 and clocked a 21.98 in the 200 meter in 2013.
Here's Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Powers' evaluation of Jones:
"Jones is a big-play threat with speed and athleticism. He has that quick-twitch ability. He can dash in and out of holes, while never seeming to lose the ability to advance the football. His cutting ability, as well as lateral explosiveness, make him very elusive in the open field. He has legit speed allowing him to outrun defensive backs once he gets into the secondary. Acceleration is another strength, because once he has some space, he's gone."
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