Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive lineman Marcus Jones has watched the recruiting process up close and personally a couple of times, with his oldest brother, Marshall, a U.S. Army All-American who just completed his career at USC and another brother, Malcolm, named the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior and now entering his third season as a running back at UCLA.
So the youngest Jones, a 6-0, 228-pound tackle who will likely end up as an outside linebacker in college, has a general interest in USC and UCLA, while also holding interest in a number of Pac-12 schools, as Oaks has sent someone to all but one Pac-12 school over the years.
While Jones doesn’t have an offer yet, he’s getting letters from a handful of schools.
“I’ve gotten letters from UCLA and Oregon and a couple more Pac-12 schools,” said Jones. “I’m looking to play in the Pac-12, but I’d go across the country. I’m open to anyone.”
Jones played tackle for the Lions last year, recording 51 tackles and 12 sacks, but knows his future likely rests as an outside linebacker.
“I could maybe play defensive end, but I would probably move back to outside linebacker, where I first started playing,” said Jones. “I think I’m maxed out with how tall I am (at 6-0), so now it’s about adding the weight.”
Jones said that UCLA and USC are ideal dream schools, and he’s taken the politically correct route when rooting for the two teams when Marshall and Malcolm have played against each other the last two years, “I rooted for the home team,” he says.”
But he also said he’d like to try something new.
“No school in particular stands out and I think I’d like to blaze my own trail,” said Jones.
Jones said he’d like to take some unofficial visits in the spring, but will likely not do any camps.
“I think my focus will be here on Oaks,” said Jones.