By Braden Mueller
Getting a chance to play for the University of Utah defensive line is something that any lineman around the country will have to think about when being offered by the Utes. This is no different than the story of Victor Jones out of Sacramento California and Inderkum High School. He knows the legacy that the Ute D-Line holds and liked the idea of representing Utah and trying to add to the success the Utes accomplished over the years from the position group.
The 6’4, 230 pound weakside defensive end currently holds an offer from Utah, as well as California and Oregon State out of the Pac-12, with multiple other schools having offered. With that being said, that’s not to say more offers will not be pouring in. He is in frequent talks with USC, UCLA and other Pac-12 schools as well as other schools around the country. “I’m getting anywhere between 5-10 letters a day and in a lot of talks with coaches. My coaches at Inderkum are helping get my name more out there, too,” he mentioned.
He wants to stay out west and loves what the Utes have to offer. He has never been to Utah and hopes that he will make it out for an official visit in the fall, if not an unofficial in the summertime. He is in talks with Utah Co-Offensive Coordinator Jim Harding on a weekly basis to touch up on recruiting and try and sway him to come out to Utah, which is about as far east as he is thinking he would go. “I really want to stay out west so that I can play in front of my family. Having them see me play is something that is really important to me,” Jones said. He took unofficial visits to both USC and UCLA and with their storied programs and them being in the west is something that helps gain his interest.
While he is enjoying the recruitment from the schools, he is not letting it hinder his preparation to play at the next level. School all-day and then training after school for a couple hours are in the norm for the Sacramento kid. My interview with Jones took place at 7:00 PM on a week night so he could make sure that he could get his training done after school and then come home and squeeze it in before homework that night.
While the DE is hopeful to play DE at the next level, he just want to play. “I will do anything to play, I love the idea of DE or a stand up OLB. Whatever they want from me.” Jones mentioned he loves the idea of being able to provide multiple services for a team and just want to come in and work.
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There are no clear front runners in Victor’s favor right now, but he hopes to have a top 5 by the end of spring or early summer and then sort out his official visits from there. “Right now, I am enjoying the process and working out and once the time comes for me to start doing visits, I will be excited and have a more narrowed down list.”