Jack Jones visits USC

REDONDO BEACH, Calif — Jack Jones started off the spring with an MVP performance at The Opening Regional in Los Angeles and has continued to star on multiple seven-on-seven teams since that point.

Whether it be for Team 19, B2G Five Star or Team Three Stripes, Jones has been consistently good as a cornerback and a wide receiver. The IMG Passing Tournament was no different.

What does change — almost on a weekly basis — is Jones interest in different colleges. Dropping USC from his five favorite college choices last month, the Trojans coaching staff has worked tirelessly to maintain a relationship with the 6-foot, four-star cornerback.

Last week, Jones made his first unofficial visit of the spring to USC.

“I was actually supposed to visit UCLA, but I didn’t have a ride up there,” said Jones. “So me and a couple of my friends decided to take the train up to USC instead.

“It was just a last minute thing. I didn’t really get anything out of the trip recruiting wise. I just went up there to watch some football and see some of the guys that I know on the team.

“I also spoke to Coach (Keith) Heyward and he pointed out some defensive backs. He showed me some things to watch for.”

Jones went specifically to watch Long Beach Poly alum Juju Smith, who is now a sophomore wide receiver at USC. The Trojans are recruiting Jones as an athlete.

“It was great going up there and checking Juju out,” said Jones. “From Poly to now, he’s a monster. It’s impressive how much better he has gotten from the coach Tee Martin has given him.

“Juju is already a big guy, so he just need to wok on getting off the line and beating the jam technique. It’s all just little things for him right now.”

Jones still plans on visiting UCLA in the near future and has the Bruins among a handful of other schools he communicates with frequently. But Jones has shied away from listing favorite schools since early March.

“I can’t say what schools I’ll visit because if offers do come in that could change things,” said Jones. “If Alabama, Clemson or LSU were to offer me, I might want to take a trip there instead of another school, so I don’t want to name any for sure.

“I don’t have any top fives or none of that. I had a couple of schools hit me up about the top five, asking why they weren’t in it. I told them that wasn’t a for sure top five. That was really just my top five at the moment. The next day it changed.”

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