Three-star Saraland (Ala.) wide receiver Velus Jones, who famously flipped Trojan Nation on its head and back in one weekend, is now officially a member of the 2016 USC Trojans recruiting class. This morning, Jones faxed in his National Letter of Intent and the USC athletic department has confirmed and announced Jones’ signing.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver is rated as the No. 77 wideout recruit in the 2016 class and the No. 2 pass catcher from the state of Alabama. Jones played with many USC fans' emotions last month when he announced on Twitter that he was flipping his commitment to Oklahoma during an official visit. However, a day later he had deleted those tweets and re-affirmed his commitment to USC where he committed sight unseen in April.
While USC is likely to bring in five receivers when the class is ultimately finalized, Jones brings an element of speed that some of the other more physical wideouts like Josh Imatorbhebhe and Michael Pittman don't present. Jones showed what he can do when he finally visited USC for the Rising Stars Camp over the summer, holding his own against a quality crop of cornerbacks, including 2017 top 50 commit Thomas Graham.
Saraland did a nice job of moving Jones inside, outside, into the backfield, putting him in motion, etc. to get him the ball in open space. Jones had 48 receptions for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior after having 51 catches, 1118 yards and nine touchdowns his junior season.
Here's Velus Jones' highlights from this season and from the Rising Stars Camp:
Also, check out our quick glance at the 2015 USC Trojans recruiting class to see the latest updates on who has signed.