Jones Continues Poly Pipeline

On February 4th, Derrick Jones became the latest in a long line of Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits to ink with the Trojans. WeAreSC caught up with the speedy receiver for a post-signing day interview.

WeAreSC- Talk about how you came about deciding on USC.

Jones- "The reason I decided to sign with SC was because its home. I can come back and forth, watch my little brother grow up, watch him play football and sports, and plus he can come to the games. It's not like I'm going to be far away where I can't come home to see him or anything. That's the main reason why I stayed home."

WeAreSC- What other schools were you looking at in the end, and when did you know that you wanted to be a Trojan?

Jones- "The last two schools were Oregon and SC. I knew I wanted to go to SC when Pete Carroll came in, two Tuesdays ago. That's when I told him."

WeAreSC- What have the coaches told you about what kind of plans they have for you?

Jones- "Well, they told me that they have a lot of plans for me. I just have to come in, work, and do what I have to do, and plus since I'm young, I have to come in and learn the system. I'm not going to start, you know, you've got to fight for your spot, because you know that Mike Williams has got his spot filled up. The other spot, its open, but we've got a good receiving corps. I've got a lot of years to play, so even if I don't play my first year, it'll be a great learning experience."

WeAreSC- There's been a long history of Long Beach Poly players coming to play at USC. What are your thoughts on continuing that pipeline?

Jones- "I feel good about it. I talked to Kareem Kelly last week because he and Darrell Rideaux were up at the school working out. They said they were happy that I'm going there. Darrell Rideaux told my dad that SC is a real good school. Even if you don't go to the NFL or make it there, the degree will help you do anything you want to do, help you succeed if you don't go to the league, so you have something to fall back on."

WeAreSC- What are your thoughts about playing for Coach Carroll and what kind of impact did he have on your decision?

Jones- "I think he's a real good coach. He came to my house and told me what I need to do. He was straight-forward, he didn't beat around the bush or anything. He just told me what I need to do. I think that he'll stay on me and get me to become a great receiver soon."

WeAreSC- Have you started running track again yet?

Jones- "Yeah, this is only like my third week practicing, but I feel good so far."

WeAreSC- What are you going to be running this year?

Jones- "The 100 and 200, and sometimes my coach is going to put me in the 400, but that's about it. And the relays too."

WeAreSC- Do you have some big goals for this season in track?

Jones- "In the 100, I want to run 10.2 or faster, and in the 200, 20.6."

WeAreSC- Are you going to run track at USC?

Jones- "Yeah."

WeAreSC- What are your plans for this summer?

Jones- "I plan on going in, going to watch films, learn the plays, lift weights with the team. The coaches can't coach us until a certain point, but I'm going to go in so I can get stronger and learn the routes and all of that stuff."

WeAreSC- What are your goals for your first year?

Jones- "Well, my goal is to at least get on the field sometimes, be a contributor as a freshman, but my first year is going to be a learning experience, whatever happens, because moving up from high school to college, that's really different, the speed and everything." Top Stories