NCF On The Trail: Jack Jones

video What California quarterbacks were to Pac-12 recruiting in 2015, wide receivers in the state will be to the conference in 2016.
The past few seasons have shown that two-way football is back in the Pac-12, and if the recruiting trail is any indication, it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Coaches such as USC’s Steve Sarkisian, UCLA’s Jim Mora and Washington’s Chris Petersen have mentioned how difficult it can be to put players on the field going both ways -- from managing the physical load during games and at practice, to the mental load of what meetings to attend and how much of the playbook needs mastering. But they might need to find a way to make it easier going forward, because the two-way football recruiting pitch has become one of the loudest and most noteworthy for 2016 recruits, with many of them believing that’s what could await them at the next level.

Though Myles Jack at UCLA, Adoree' Jackson at USC, and Shaq Thompson at Washington received the most attention for their two-way exploits, Arizona State has done it, too, and all four programs are being mentioned by prospects as selling the possibility of playing both ways in college. Colorado could soon join the mix with George Frazier going both ways. At this point, the pitch is working.

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Hundreds of the top West region prospects were on hand for The Opening Los Angeles Regional this past Sunday. Here are five trends that were revealed during and after the event.

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Wide receivers earned top billing heading into Sunday’s The Opening Los Angeles Regional and the group lived up to expectations, with big performances coming from ESPN Junior 300 prospects Tyler Vaughns, Dylan Crawford, Trevon Sidney and Steffon McKnight, as well as several more receivers. The following is a look at the sights and sounds of Sunday’s camp through social media, at some impressive plays and noteworthy events.

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Midyear additions: Tennessee

January, 13, 2015
Jan 13
Tennessee has announced the addition of 10 players to its football roster, according to

Andrew Butcher, DE
HT: 6-3 WT: 249
Positional Rank: No. 8 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 67)
Under Armour All-American

Quinten Dormady, QB-PP
HT: 6-4 WT: 210
Positional Rank: No. 14 QB-PP
Stars: 4

Stephen Griffin, S
HT: 6-3 WT: 187
Positional Rank: No. 47 S
Stars: 3

Chance Hall, OT
HT: 6-4 WT: 292
Positional Rank: No. 43 OT
Stars: 4

Jauan Jennings, ATH
HT: 6-3 WT: 186
Positional Rank: No. 16 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 185)

Jack Jones, OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 271
Positional Rank: No. 9 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 112)
Under Armour All-American

Alvin Kamara, RB
HT: 5-10 WT: 200
Positional Rank: No. 2 RB (JC)
Stars: 4
ESPN JC 50 (No. 2)

Darrin Kirkland Jr., ILB
HT: 6-2 WT: 228
Positional Rank: No. 7 ILB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 271)

Kyle Phillips, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 260
Positional Rank: No. 18 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 164)

Shy Tuttle, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 310
Positional Rank: No. 6 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 41)
Under Armour All-American

Can another strong class get Vols over the hump? 

January, 2, 2015
Jan 2
Coach Butch Jones has done a tremendous job of recruiting in his first few years on the job at Tennessee. The Vols finished with a top-five class last year and are on pace for a top-10 class this season, as well. The Volunteers, who currently have the sixth-ranked recruiting class in the country, have 26 commitments, including nine who rank among the ESPN 300.

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Randy Edsall knows recruiting is the lifeblood of his program, and he is really impressing local coaches with his effort. Plus, don’t be surprised if you see NC State finish with a flurry.

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Help is on the way: SEC 

October, 8, 2014

Almost midway through the season and teams such as Arkansas and Texas A&M have shown the obvious strengths of their teams with their running backs and wide receivers, respectively. But in most cases every team has an apparent weakness, too. Here’s a closer look at how each team in the SEC will address its needs through recruiting.

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Programs off to fast start in 2015 

November, 19, 2013
While recruiting is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with a good start.

The key for any program is being able to sustain and finish strong, and only time will tell which programs will be able to do that, but what we do know is which teams are off to a fast start in the Class of 2015. Below are the five programs that are leading the pack early for 2015, as well as a few other notable fast starters:

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RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 on Tuesday, and a slew of already-committed prospects have put five programs out front early in the recruiting cycle. Here they are, in alphabetical order.

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Jack Jones talks Tennessee verbal

May, 17, 2013
Class of 2015 offensive lineman Jack Jones (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland) committed to the Volunteers earlier this month. He spoke with the Tennessean about his decision:

"It was hard not to commit on the spot [when UT offered]. But I wanted my family, my coaches and the people close to me to talk to. I wanted to think about it, and pray to God."

"My dream is to run out of the T," Jones added. "That dream is starting to come true."

Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee also extended early scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect. Kentucky showed interest.

Volunteers secondary coach Willie Martinez served as Jones' primary recruiter.

Two other in-state prospects, defensive tackle Zach Stewart (Coalfield, Tenn./Coalfield) and athlete Jaylond Woods (Lenoir City, Tenn./Lenoir City), committed to the Volunteers' 2015 class in April.