It’s official! Running back Ronald Jones II signed a National Letter of Intent for the USC Trojans on Signing Day, bolstering a thin backfield with a game-breaking option in the run game.
The four-star out of McKinney, Texas had committed to Oklahoma State in April last year while on an unofficial visit after receiving offers from such major universities as Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas.
Jones’ interest in the Cowboys seemed to lessen as the fall came around and he began looking around at other schools. In December Jones took official visits to USC and Notre Dame shortly before decommitting from OSU.
At the Under Armour All-American Game Jones chose the Trojans as his college destination.
247Sports ranks Jones as the No. 1 running back available in 2015, though their composite average lists him at No.v4 and as the No. 8 player in Texas. Rivals rates him No. 8 among running backs and No. 8 in the state, while ESPN agreed with 247Sports assessment of him as the top running back in the class. Scout set him at No. 2 among running backs and No. 43 overall.
Shortly after committing, Jones showed Trojan fans what he could do by ripping off a long scoring run in the game.
The combination of burst and agility allow him to weave through defenders and could make him a dangerous weapon in the open field at the college level.
Jones should go a long way towards lessening the impact of Buck Allen’s departure and could legitimately push for a starting place early in 2015.
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