Jacck Jacck back from SC

Long Beach Poly junior wide receiver Jack Jones doesn't have an opinion on where his teammate Iman Marshall is going to sign Feb. 4, but he does have an opinion on USC after Saturday's elite junior invite.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly junior wide out Jack Jones is good enough that his nickname is like a double take.

Jones aka “Jacck Jacck” was one of 50 top players on campus Saturday for the Trojans Junior Invite. The two-way Jackrabbit star arrived on campus holding a scholarship offer from USC after unofficially visiting last season.

Thus, Saturday was all about the details for Jones.

“I’ve been there so many times, but there were parts of the campus I haven’t seen,” said Jones. “Mainly, I wanted to see the academic facilities, where academic support was and stuff like that.

“I’ve been to practices, so I know a lot about the football facilities and athletics. The times I went up there, it was just watching Juju (Smith), so it was strictly football.

“I’m pretty comfortable at USC already because I talk to Tee Martin, Coach Sarkisian, Coach Nansen… all of the coaches. Every time I go up there they just tell me USC is the best spot for me.”

Saturday was no different.

“I had a great time,” said Jones. “Every time I go up there it’s just smiles and good vibes. I really appreciated all of the coaches taking time out during the day to talk to me.

“I got to talk to the coaches about how I fit in and meet with Coach Martin. I think they see me as a receiver, but I can play defensive back too.

“I don’t really have a preference. Right now I’m trying to perfect playing both positions because I don’t know what position I’ll play in college.”

Jones had 64 receptions for 720-yards and five touchdowns last season as a wide out. He had 40 tackles and one interception playing part time on defense.

Following USC growing up, Jones has a reference for the high level of success USC had under former head coach Pete Carroll. Watching USC now, Jones sees promise in Steve Sarkisian’s era of Trojan football.

“I see them getting better as a team,” said Jones. “Seeing the young players they have and the guys they’re getting, I think over the next couple of years they could be one of the best teams in college football.”

Jones will have plenty of time to see if that prediction comes true before making a commitment. The 6-foot, 175-pound four-star has no plans to commit early.

“I’m going to wait until February 2016 before I make a commitment,” said Jones. “There are a lot of colleges recruiting me and they also have opportunities.

“I have to see more of them and take my official visits. I need to see how things compare with USC. See how I vibe with the coaches and see what kind of education each school offers.”

Jones has one school penciled in for an official visit this spring.

“I want to visit Washington State,” said Jones. “I like the school and the campus, plus Gerard Wicks on the team. He’s a Poly alum and he was telling me how nice the campus was and how he enjoys it up there.”


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