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
“I really like it our here and I think it’s somewhere I can be
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
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
“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
“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.”
Velus Jones rising to the occasion
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