Saraland (Ala.) wide out Velus Jones made an announcement Monday that came out of left field.
The three-star wide receiver committed to USC without having visited
campus officially or unofficially. However, having a connection with
Trojans wide receivers coach Tee Martin, Jones and his family were
comfortable with the opportunity to play on the West Coast.
“With Tee Martin being from Mobile, we talked a lot since they offered
me a scholarship,” said Jones. “We talked about the opportunities at
“I know they have a good football program and I fit in well with what
they want to do. My dad knows USC is far from Mobile, but he got on the
phone last night and talked with Tee Martin.
“I think after that conversation, he felt better about me going out
there. My family felt more comfortable about everything, so I went
ahead and made my decision.”
Jones also knows Martin’s niece, who goes to school at Saraland. But
USC rarely gets a commitment sight unseen, let alone a player from
“His niece told me she knew Tee Martin when she found out USC was
recruiting me,” said Jones. “We’re good friends, so that was good.
“Coach Martin and I have a real good relationship regardless though. We
have a lot in common because he came from Mobile. USC doesn’t recruit
down here very often, so I’m blessed.
“I thank the Lord for all of this because without him it isn’t
Jones hopes to unofficially visit USC this summer, but if not, he will
make a trip to Los Angeles sometime after his senior season.
“My family wants to get out there, but even if we don’t, we’ll be there
for an official visit,” said Jones. “Right now I’m open to
communicating with everybody.
“I’m going to take my visits and see some other schools. Which schools
I visit… I haven’t determined that yet.”
For USC fans who know very little about Jones, which stands to reason,
he articulated what he brings to the table as a USC commit.
“First, I’m a great person on and off the field,” said Jones. “I think
with my skill set I can contribute. I’m blessed with speed and I have
good hands. I’m also a great route runner, so I feel like I can fit in
wherever they need me as a receiver.”
Jones becomes commitment No. 7 for USC in the 2016 class. He is the
fourth player to commit to USC in the last two weeks.
“I don’t feel like I rushed into anything, and overall, I’m just
focused on my senior season and school,” said Jones. “I wanted to get
things done so I could focus on that. I’m excited and blessed to be a
Velus Jones makes his decision
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