According to Alize Jone’s Twitter account, USC paid a visit to Bishop Gorman High School (Nev.) on Wednesday.
Oregon , Nebraska, SC , & Notre Dame Stopped By The School.. #702hsfb
— ALIZE JONES (@TheRealHybrid8) January 23, 2014
The reason for the trip was to presumably meet with Bishop Gorman coaches to discuss Jones, the No. 1 rated tight end in the 2015 class by Rivals.
Jones, 6-4 and 218 pounds, is currently committed to UCLA and holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Notre Dame, and USC, among several others.
With two scholarship tight ends currently on the roster, one of which is a senior, tight end will be a position of need for the Trojans in the 2015 class.
2014 tight end Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) is committed to the Trojans, but his arrival shouldn’t have too much of an impact on tight ends in the 2015 class.
Fellow Bishop Gorman alum Xavier Grimble, was also the No. 1 rated tight end when he signed with USC in 2010.
Steve Sarkisian’s arrival may boost the Trojans’ chances of flipping Jones’ commitment given Sarkisian’s success with Austin Seferian-Jenkins at Washington.
Seferian-Jenkins finished his Husky career (three seasons) with 146 receptions, 1,840 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns.
His collegiate career was capped off by winning the 2013 John Mackey Award, which is given to the “most outstanding Tight End in FBS college football.”
Jones finished his junior season with 35 receptions, 571 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Jones’ level of production more than doubled in the three statistical categories when compared to his sophomore year.
With plenty of time remaining until 2015 commitments are officially locked in, Sarkisian and the Trojan coaching staff should have ample opportunities to woo Jones.