Southern Cal commit sets up recruiting trips to Alabama, Mississippi State
After deciding to listen to other suitors because of the coaching change at Southern California, Velus Jones is ready to see as many as four SEC schools.
The 3-star receiver from Saraland (Ala.) High has been committed to the Trojans since last spring.
Jones told SEC Country on Sunday evening that he planned his first official visit to Mississippi State on Nov. 14. Jones has been pursued by several other schools since Southern Cal fired Steve Sarkisian in October.
“Right now Mississippi State is my only official visit (set),” Jones said. “Tennessee has come in the picture so I’m pretty sure I’m going to take an official visit to Tennessee.”
Jones said he will visit Alabama for the LSU game this weekend. He said he expects a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide during his visit.
“They have a great school and a great team,” Jones said.
Then, Jones will visit Florida on Nov. 21 for the Florida Atlantic game. Jones said Louisville, North Carolina State and Minnesota have also shown interest. Most recently, Oklahoma has made a strong push.
“I’m pretty sure they’re about to offer me soon,” Jones said of the Sooners. “They got in touch with me. Right now I’m just trying to figure out all the schools and stuff. I’m just blessed to have a lot of opportunities.”
When asked about his commitment to the Trojans, Jones said, “I’m still committed to Southern Cal. Southern Cal is a great school no matter what’s going on over there. Southern Cal will always be Southern Cal. They’ll always produce first-round draft pick wide receivers, but my recruiting has opened up. I’m just trying to pick the best place for me.”
Jones’ primary recruiter is Southern Cal receivers coach Tee Martin, who is from nearby Mobile, Ala. Clearly, Martin’s fate will affect Jones’ decision.
“I’m not sure where Tee Martin will end up with everything,” Jones said. “You just have to wait till after the season and see where everything settles out.
Jones is in no hurry to focus on recruiting. He’s still focused on his high school season.
“I really take playing for Saraland serious,” Jones said. “We’re trying to win a championship so we’ll just have to see where it goes from here.
Jones’ recruiting saga has been unusual. He committed early only to find his chosen head coach fired midway through the season. Now, coaches across the nation are calling.
“It’s been amazing but things get tough because with the connections I have with the coaches, you don’t want to let anybody now,” Jones said. “It’s like having a girlfriend really…You’re just trying to think of which is best for you.”