Nacogdoches (Texas) our-star Brandon Jones is close to developing a list of schools he will officially visit next fall, and while his name doesn’t come up with USC very often, he wants to visit Los Angeles before the recruiting process is over.
“Just with the coaching staff, I’ve build up a pretty good relationship
with them,” Jones. “USC is a school I’ve always wanted to get out to so
I could see it for myself.
“I probably plan on taking my official visits there — hopefully
The 6-foot, 195-pound safety is rated the No. 1 player in the country
at his position. Jones missed five games last season due to a knee
injury, but his stock as a defensive back in the 2016 class remains
That much is evident by way of his invitation to The Opening Finals
this week in Beaverton (Ore.). Although he is away from home, Jones still talks to
college coaches via social media almost everyday.
“I talk with USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward almost every day
even though he is probably busy with other recruits,” said Jones. “I’ve
talked to him a little on the phone, and he just sounds like a cool
“USC has been recruiting me since the 10th grade, so we’re good with
our relationship, and right now, just trying to make it better.”
When Jones was first offered a scholarship by USC, his first thought is
a image many Trojans targets have when the Cardinal & Gold come
“I’m not even going to lie, Reggie Bush is the first thing that came to
mind,” laughed Jones. “The Pac-12 is a good conference to play in, and
honestly, USC is a winning program.
“They also a school that is high in football but also academics too.
That’s a key factor in my decision.”
Jones is working toward cutting his list of options to five or six
schools. That list will depend on his schedule of official visits.
“I’m hopefully going to have a list soon — by the end of the summer,”
said Jones. “Like with USC, I really want to get out to the schools I’m
invested in and haven’t seen in person.
“My main thing is, I’m high on atmosphere and environment. Once I get
on a campus, it’s really about the way I feel. I’m trying to get it
down to a top five, but it might be a top six. This month I’m trying to
visit TCU and Ole Miss for unofficials.”
Getting to Southern California unofficially is difficult because of
distance. It’s a factor that has to be considered as he looks more into
USC as an option.
“To me it’s not that big of a problem, but I would like to have my mom
and brothers watch me play,” said Jones. “Thing is, I’m the one that’s
going to be going to the school for three or four years. I can always
go back home to see my family.”
Jones open to visiting USC
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