6'0, 185 lbs.
Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village
TYPE OF PLAYER: SC has now received verbal commitments from two players within the "big three" at Oaks Christian in a one week span. Jones is a tremendous athlete with track speed and a solid frame to build upon. Jones plays the game very fast, and is always searching for an opportunity to lay the big hit. There is no question that the Trojans picked up good ones in Oaks Christian teammates Marc Tyler and Marshall Jones.
WHAT WE LIKE: When you play against Jones, you better have your head on a swivel, because he is a ferocious hitter. Jones has even been described by his high school coach as "John Lynch with speed." Not a bad title coming from Coach Bill Redell, one of Southern California's most respected high school football coaches.
Jones has legit track speed, and that speed definitely translates over onto the football field. One of Jones' strongest points is his ability to play in space. He does a very good job of reading what's in front of him and breaking on the ball. Not only does he do a good job reading, but he also excels at closing fast on the ball.
One aspect of Jones' game that cannot be taught is speed, and this kid has speed and more. Jones is not only a standout on defense, but he is also very dangerous with the ball in his hands. His junior campaign saw him rack up over 400 yards receiving on 23 catches, and average over 10 yards per carry from the ground.
One thing you have to admire about Jones is his competitive edge, and boy does he play the game with a lot of passion. Jones committed to SC knowing that the likes of Allen Bradford, Taylor Mays, and Antwine Perez are all looking to make their presence known as freshmen at Troy.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: One aspect of Jones' game that often gets him in trouble is his passion. While playing with heart is always welcome, it sometimes can get the best of a person. Jones will need to work on keeping his emotions in check and avoiding pointless penalties after the whistle. Jones will also need to make strides in the classroom before playing at USC.
REMINDS US OF: Jones reminds me a lot of current SC defensive back Josh Pinkard. Jones is a little smaller then Pinkard was out of high school, but they both display remarkable versatility. Both players can accomplish a lot of things from different spots, but seem most natural at the safety spot.
DID YOU KNOW: Jones mother graduated from Loyola and then went on to graduate school at USC. His father also attended Harvard.
WHAT HE SAYS: "I know there's no guarantee of seeing early play time there. They produce a lot of good guys…I'll have to compete to play. I don't mind that though…a little competition will just make me work that much harder to be the best I can be."