Jacck Jacck welcomes the smack

Long Beach Poly four-star athlete Jack Jones could make his SEC recruiting debut with a visit to the Lone Star State this weekend.

Although Long Beach (Calif.) Poly four-star athlete Jack Jones doesn’t like to talk about recruiting, he savors chatting up opponents on the football field.

With 19 scholarship offers and an Opening Finals invitation in hand, Jones has a target on his back. Looking for an edge, he keeps his ear to the sideline where, inevitably, someone from the other team will smack their gums loud enough for Jones to hear.

“If I had to compare my game to someone, it would be Richard Sherman,” said Jones. “I’m not as big as him, but he talks and always backs it up.

“When people start talking to me on the field, I’ll talk right back. If they don’t say anything to me, then I’ll be as quiet as can be. But they (opposing players) think they can get their offers off me.

“Man, that’s not happening. They think I’m not physical — I’m physical. They think they can beat me deep — they’re not beating me deep. They should be able to look at me and know I’m nothing to mess with, but there is always one dude who wants to talk.”

And usually, the players on the other team doing the talking isn’t matched up with Jones. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Opening Los Angeles MVP has matched up against plenty of the region’s best players.

Jones had a few epic battles with Bishop Amat five-star wide receiver Tyler Vaughns at the camp. Last week he tangles one-on-one with Serra four-star defensive back C.J. Pollard.

“Working against those guys is always good because we can really make each other better,” said Jones. “C.J. Pollard is a great player and I’m going to see him up at The Opening too.

“That’s a guy with big offers and a big name just like me, so that’s always fun competing against someone who can push you.”

While Pollard will announce his college commitment at The Opening in July, Jones is still no were near making any such announcements.

Jones continues to buckle down for the long haul of the recruiting process, but as with any highly touted player, there are subtle twists and turns on the trail worth noting.

“I got an offer from Texas A&M, which was a big one for me,” said Jones. “It’s my first SEC offer, and it’s Texas A&M, so who doesn’t want to go there?

“It’s a big school with a guy like Johnny Manziel having gone there, who’s a legend. Mike Evans went there, who is about to be a legend in the NFL.

“Texas A&M has a good reputation, and why not give Texas A&M a chance? They’re recruiting me as a wide receiver, but I’m not sure about defensive back. They just told me that I could play in the slot.

“They like that I can take a five yard out and make a guy miss to take it the distance.”

There’s a slight chance Jones may unofficially visit Texas A&M this weekend.

“I’m going out to Texas May 30 for an SBE Camp,” said Jones. “Where I’m going is about an hour away from Texas A&M, so I might be able to see the campus, but no guarantees.”

Jones has no other immediate plans to camp at individual schools, although USC and UCLA are always just up the street. USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward and UCLA wide receivers coach Eric Yarber were both on hand at the Serra Passing tournament last week to see Jones play.

“Man, anytime someone comes out to watch me I’m ready to put on a show,” said Jones. “I want to be that guy to watch. I want all eyes on me when I play, so I like the pressure.”

Jones has developed an especially strong relationship with Heyward and Trojans wide receivers coach Tee Martin.

“Tee and I have a great relationship, but my interest in USC has a lot to do with all of the coaches there,” said Jones. “I’ve got love for Coach Sark, Coach Tee, Coach Heyward, Coach Nansen… the whole staff.

“We just communicate. They always check in to see how I’m doing and I try to stay up with them too.

“I feel like those guys really care about me and will give me a shot to get on the field. I already know USC offers a great education and SC is pretty big time. It’s local, so I could stay home and see my mom and my dad any time.”

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