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
“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
“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
“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
“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.”
Jacck Jacck welcomes the smack
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