Four-Star Allen (Texas) cornerback Jaylon Jones wanted to make his way out to Los Angeles this summer. Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards…or more appropriately the bank account.
“It was a financial thing. We don’t have all the money in the world. I had to pick some schools that were close.”
But Jones is confident that he will eventually make the trek to California, citing his relationships with USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward and head coach Steve Sarkisian as a driving force.
“Definitely I’ve got to go see them soon. If not, I’m going to set up an official,” Jones said. “They have no worries. It wasn’t a personal thing. It’s not like I don’t like them any more. It was just Cali was a little more expensive, so we kind of held back on that.”
One of the places a little farther from home that the 5-foot-11, 179-pound Jones did visit this summer was Ohio State. The Buckeyes are one of the final six schools that Jones is considering, along with USC, Auburn, TCU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
But Jones isn’t sure if he will even use all five of his official visits in the fall.
“To be honest, if I don’t knock this thing out by the season, I’m only going to take a couple of officials,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to take all of them and wait until signing day, but we’ll see. I don’t have a timeline yet.”
Though Jones hasn’t visited, he likes the Trojans and loves the direction the program is going, calling it “special” with Iman Marshall, Adoree' Jackson and Juju Smith already in place. One of the impetus for visiting Los Angeles is to see if USC is a good fit personally.
“They don’t have to impress me any more, but I definitely just want to get down there because I want to see if I can see myself being there for four years.
Check out these Jaylon Jones highlights from his junior season at Allen High: