Long Beach Poly's Jack Jones will visit Michigan, talks USC and UCLA

Defensive back Jack Jones smiled, shook his head and took his place at the end of the line on Wednesday at the Opening.

The 5-foot-10, 157-pound Jones challenged 6-foot-4, 237-pound tight end Isaac Nauta in one-on-one drills and Nauta, who is committed to Florida State, defeated him each time.


"Isaac is a great player," Jones said, smiling. "I can't doubt him anymore. I just have to respect his game."

Jones, a two-way player, has been one of the most talked-about athletes at the Opening this week.

He has more than a dozen scholarship offers, but has yet to name any favorites.

"That's classified," Jones said, when asked who his top schools were.

Jones did admit that Michigan is a school where he will make one of his five official visits because of Jim Harbaugh's coaching experience in the NFL.

"I'm really trying to prepare myself for the NFL," Jones said. "I feel like that's what everyone goes to college for -- to get the best coaching -- and Jim Harbaugh being in the NFL for years, I feel like he can give me the best coaching."

Jones, from Long Beach Poly High, is thought to also favor UCLA and USC.

"UCLA is a great program," Jones said, when asked about the local schools. "All the [coaches] are great guys and have good attitudes, fun to be around."

Jones said he visits USC more than UCLA because of the school's proximity.

"I hang out at USC a lot because it's like 15 minutes away, but if I could I would hang out at UCLA a lot more," he said.

Jones is expected to make a commitment on signing day in February.

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