REDONDO, Calif. — Jackie Jones made a surprising announcement two weeks ago when he revealed his top five college choices without USC among his options.
Sunday, Jones displayed a tremendous backpedal both on the field by
winning defensive back MVP at the Los Angeles Regional of The Opening
and in his interviews regarding that top five.
“I was looking at coaches and programs… I don’t really have a top
five,” said Jones. “My main thing is that I want to give every college
an opportunity to recruit me. I also want to go to a school that wants
“I want to go to a school where I can make an impact and they see a fit
for me. I want to do big things as a freshman. It’s not about not
likely USC or liking USC less. I don’t have any questions about USC.”
Through deductive reasoning, one might assume USC is not recruiting
Jones as hard as other schools. Jones dismissed that thought and also
dispelled any notion he doesn’t want to follow Long Beach Poly senior
standout Iman Marshall as a cornerback at USC.
“Oh, I don’t care about that at all,” said Jones. “I don’t want to go to
a college and be handed a position. I want to go in and earn my
“I want to go to the NFL, and if I’m handed a position in college, I’m
going expect that in the NFL. It doesn’t work like that. I never want
anything handed to me. I want to work for everything I get.
“I’ll compete against Iman and try to take his spot if that what it
takes. I never want anything handed to me.”
Sunday, Jones took home the defensive back MVP with multiple
interceptions on the day playing cornerback. He also took home an
invitation to The Opening in Beaverton (Ore.) this summer.
“I just wanted to show everyone that I could play defensive back,
receiver… do it all,” said Jones. “I was just looking to beat whoever
they put in front of me.
“Tyler Vaughns was a guy that I went against a lot. I didn’t really
think he was that good of a receiver, to be honest. I never really saw
him play live until today. Going against him was good competition.
“I’d say Tyler and Trevon Sidney were the two best guys I went against.
I felt with those guys, we made each other better. Tyler is that bigger
more physical receiver, while Sidney is quicker. You have to move your
feet with him, you can’t just use your hands.”
With all of that said, Jones talked about his maintained interest in
“Every time I go to their campus it’s just good energy,” said Jones.
“The coaches have fun with what they do and they have fun with their
“They handle their business at USC, but they have a really good
relationship with their kids. You can see that just being around them.”
Jones said just a month ago that USC would always be a part of his
recruitment. Sunday, he wasn’t quite as sure.
“I can’t say that right now,” said Jones. “Either way, I have to see
more schools and take some visits. I can’t say I won’t eliminate them
at some point or that I would.”
Jack Jones locks up The Opening invite
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