Committed or not, Velus Jones’ final list of schools is starting to round into shape.
The 3-star receiver from Saraland High School (Saraland, Ala.) said he is primarily considering Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Southern California. He committed to the Trojans in April. Jones said that fifth spot in his top five could soon be occupied by a number of schools, including Louisville or Minnesota. Both have shown recent interest.
Alabama is a strong suitor. Jones has visited Tuscaloosa, Ala. several times. Yet there’s one hold up for the Tide to be a finalist.
“Alabama hasn’t offered me (a scholarship) yet so they’re not in my top five,” Jones said.
Jones was at the Alabama-LSU game last weekend.
“It was a great experience with both teams,” he said. “I’ve never been to an LSU game. I can say it was the nicest game I’ve ever been too. It was an exciting game. I’ve never been a part of anything like that.”
As for that elusive Alabama offer, Jones said the Crimson Tide coaches were encouraging when he visited with them last weekend.
“They were saying do good in my Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and they said they would contact me,” he said.
All the while, Jones has maintained he’s committed to Southern California.
“I haven’t de-committed to USC or anything,” the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect said.
Jones said he plans to visit Mississippi State for the Alabama game on Saturday.
“That’s a great school,” he said. “The coaches, they love me and they believe in me. The fact that they offered me and treated me so well. I have a chance to start with a lot of wide receivers leaving and the relationship is good with the coaches. Starkville is a great atmosphere.”
The visit to Starkville, Miss. won’t be an official. Jones said Mississippi State coaches want him to come back for an official visit to Starkville in January.
Jones now has a scholarship offer from Oklahoma. He has scheduled an official visit to see the Sooners for the TCU game on Nov. 21.
“Oklahoma is great,” Jones said. “I can’t wait to get up there. They talk about me coming in and doing some big things.”
Jones said he’ll take an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Nov. 28 to see the Vols host Vanderbilt. Jones has developed a strong relationship with Tennessee receiver coach Zach Azzanni.
“Tennessee is a great school,” Jones said. “Coach Z, me and him, we have a good time every time we’re talking. I just got to get up there and see those guys. He told me I would love it up there.”
Jones is the No. 70 receiver in the nation and the No. 13 prospect in Alabama.