Jack Jones committed to USC football’s class of 2016 on Signing Day as the Trojans land one of the nation’s top cornerbacks for the second year in a row.
Long Beach Poly cornerback Jack Jones followed in Iman Marshall’s footsteps Wednesday when he chose USC as his college destination over Texas A&M and Alabama via a video commitment.
That makes him the 20th and final commitment for USC in the class of 2016 and the second straight top-rated Long Beach Poly cornerback to sign on the dotted line for the school. Here’s a look at the new Trojan:
Jack Jones | Cornerback
Height: 5-11 Weight: 164
Scout’s Take: Jones was a two-way star at Poly, thriving as a wide receiver and cornerback. While he boasts elite level athleticism, his small frame will likely see to it that he progresses on defense at the college level rather than offense. Nor is that a bad thing for Jones, whose competitiveness was on display at camps last summer when he volunteered over and over to face the top receivers in one-on-one battles.
With his quickness and agility, he’ll win more than his fair share of those battles for the Trojans.
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As an elite-level prospect, Jones earned five-star ratings from every major recruiting service except for ESPN. In fact, the World Wide Leader is the obvious outlier when it comes to rating the Poly product. Rivals, Scout and 247Sports each ranked him in the Top 3 at his position while ESPN ranked him 10th. Those services also rated him among the Top 25 players in the class while ESPN settled him at No. 96.
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Impact: Jones is perhaps the crown jewel of USC’s 2016 recruiting class with Oluwole Betiku the only recruit comparible to him in terms of value.
In addition to marking a trend in landing top-rated Long Beach Poly prospects, Jones will make it so the Trojans have three five-star cornerbacks on the squad.
Taking rankings out of the equation, Jones stands up as a major addition to USC’s defense in terms of pure athleticism and ability. Whether he serves as a third option at cornerback behind Adoree’ Jackson and Marshall in 2016 or opens the door for more offensive snaps for Jackson, Jones should be in the mix from the get go.