Sunday, November 24, 2013
Nation's top 2015 TE commits to UCLA
By Erik McKinney
On Saturday night, UCLA lost a chance at an appearance in the Pac-12 Championship game with a close loss to Arizona State, but Sunday afternoon brought a measure of recovery, as the Bruins landed a commitment from 2015 ESPN 300 tight end Alize Jones (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman).
Jones -- the nation's No. 48 prospect and the No. 1 recruit at his position -- holds offers from programs across the country, including Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC, but had long been a lean to the Bruins.
The 6-foot-4, 212-pound tight end took an unofficial visit to UCLA this weekend and didn't need to see much in order to make his commitment.
"I knew where I wanted to be as soon as I stepped on campus," Jones said via text. "There's no other place I'd want to be other than in Westwood under coach Jim Mora and the rest of the staff! I'm 100% happy with my decision and it feels good to be a BRUIN!!"
Jones initially announced his commitment via Twitter.
The dynamic junior caught 32 passes for 547 yards and 10 touchdowns this season -- all team highs -- for a Bishop Gorman team rolling to the championship game, having scored at least 49 points in each of its last six games.
Jones is the first commitment for the Bruins in the 2015 class and is a huge win for UCLA, beating out crosstown rival USC for a talented commitment less than one week before the teams meet on the field in their season finales. The Bruins could put together quite a run of tight end prospects in consecutive classes, as UCLA signed Thomas Duarte in the 2013 class and appears to be in good position with Bryce Dixon, an ESPN 300 prospect, in the 2014 class. Utilizing the position as a big receiver rather than a typical in-line blocker has helped the Bruins find success with all three targets.