Velus Jones rising to the occasion

Velus Jones had never been to California before this week, but now the Alabama native is neck deep in USC Trojan pageantry at the Rising Stars Camp.

Saraland (Ala.) wide receiver Velus Jones committed to USC in April sight unseen, but Wednesday he not only got to see USC in person, he had the opportunity to be coached by the Trojans staff at the Rising Stars Camp.

“It’s been a great experience overall,” said Jones. “It’s just beautiful in California, and that’s what I love about it.

“Flying on the plane and traveling out here went well. I’ll most likely end up playing ball out this way, so being away from home is cool. I mean, home will always be there and I can always fly back and visit my mom.

“I really like it our here and I think it’s somewhere I can be comfortable.”

Jones was one of several wide receivers to win camp honors Wednesday. Going against the likes of Starkville (Miss.) four-star cornerback Nigel Knott, Jones took plenty of reps and caught more than a dozen passes over the course of one practice session.

“Everybody was flying around and giving 100-percent effort,” said Jones. “There were so many guys out there today. I felt like I played well, but with so many good kids out there for one-on-ones and seven-on-seven, it was hard to see everyone. But yeah, I felt like i did well.”

Jones spent a lot of time with USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin as the camp progressed. The two Mobile (Ala.) natives have a lot in common according to Jones, which is why he felt comfortable with committing to USC before actually stepping foot on campus.

“He gave me a lot of good tips on my routes,” said Jones. “He also talked to me a lot about L.A. and how I like it. We’ve had a good time together.

“Just being on campus and touring everything has been great. The atmosphere is really nice and I’ve spent most of my time on campus. I’m just getting to see things away from campus now.”

While Jones will be in Los Angeles for the week, he heads back home to the heart of SEC country as his senior season begins. Jones has shown himself USC scholarship offer worthy at Rising Stars, but can USC keep him committed?

“I’m pretty stuck on USC, but you never know what’s going to happen in the future,” said Jones. “I don’t have any other visit plans, so I’m just focused on finishing my school year back home.”

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