Jones open to visiting USC

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — USC has been hot after defensive backs in Texas, and the nation's No. 1 safety is listening to what the Trojans staff is saying.

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 sometime soon.”

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 high.

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 guy.

“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 calling.

“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.”

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