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Committed DL will still take visits

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Compton (Calif.) defensive lineman Datone Jones gave an early commitment to UCLA last March but immediately said he still planned to take a few official visits. Fast forward to the fall and that is the still the case with at least two schools looking good to bring Jones in for a weekend.
Jones, 6-4, 240 is one of the nation's top defensive lineman and and the top end in the state this year. He was the DL MVP at the SoCal NIKE Camp and has a lot of tools that project well for the next level. Jones has a nice frame, plus athleticism and a motor that doesn't quit.
"He has played great for us this year, he never takes a play off," Compton coach Calvin Bryant said. "I know a lot of times, a player who gets all the attention that Datone did in the summer comes out and lacks the hunger they had before the offers. That's not the case with Datone, he plays hard and is a great example for the guys on the team.
"Datone is just a solid kid in every way, football wise as well as academically. He has all his stuff together and is really excelling in the classroom right now. I'm very proud of him and what he has done for the program."
On the recruiting front, Jones' commitment to UCLA still appears solid but that won't stop him from taking a look around at some other schools.
"He was just at UCLA for their game last weekend with BYU," Bryant said. "He likes UCLA a lot but he still wants to look at some other schools and see what they have to offer. He hasn't set up any dates yet but he definitely plans on visiting Notre Dame and Oregon.
"I don't know if he'll take all five but he will take a few and is very interested in seeing Notre Dame. I think it will take a lot to beat out UCLA but you never know. Every year you see players de-commit at the last minute so until the player signs on the dotted line, you just never know."
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