Velus Jones commits to USC


The Trojans landed another verbal commitment on Monday with the news that class of 2016 wide receiver Velus Jones has pledged to USC.

It was a commit that came as a surprise to most USC fans with so much attention paid to the dynamic group of local receivers at the position but Trojan receivers coach Tee Martin is originally from Mobile, Alabama, and that’s where Jones is from as well. The connection paid off with the explosive and polished prospect.

"It has a lot to do with the bond I have with Tee," Jones told AL.com in regards to his commitment. "The fact that he is from Mobile is big. I know he will look out for me, and I feel very comfortable with him being my coach. He talked to my dad last night, and he was comfortable as well. I just wanted to go ahead and get it done."

Jones (6-0, 175) led Saraland HS to the 6A state title game last year and was a first team All-State player after catching 51 passes for 1,118 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s known as a good route runner with strong ball skills, and is a good blocker. In addition to the Trojans, Jones had also received offers from UCLA, Cal, Florida, Mississippi State, Louisville and others.

Jones has yet to visit the USC campus but says he has plans to do so this summer.

The Trojans now have seven verbal commitments for the class of 2016.