The UCLA Bruins will be taking the Stanford Cardinal on the field this Saturday. Off the field they are battling for the services of four-star two-way standout, Malcolm Jones (6-1, 210, 4.55) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian as he will make his decision in the very near future and one of the two Pac 10 foes will be very happy. Jones took an official visit to Stanford this past weekend.
"Stanford went really well," Jones said. "It was really fun and I had a really good time. I was able to hang out with the players and attend the football meetings. It was a good time."
"It (the Stanford/Washington game) was an exciting game to watch," Jones said. "Chris Owusu, he's ridiculous, he's really so fast. I mean to watch him take back that opening kickoff was awesome."
Jones is no stranger to the talents of the Stanford sophomore speedster, Owusu. The two played high school football together at Oaks Christian.
The talented two-way player, has narrowed things down to Stanford or UCLA.
"I will be making my decision pretty soon," Jones said. "I will make my decision in the next week or two."
What does Jones like about the last two remaining schools on his list?
"First off they are two really good academic schools," Jones said. "Secondly, both schools are on the rise and they want more of the big time athletes come to their schools so they can start putting them back on the map and start rising up in the Pac 10.
"Both of their coaching staffs are really cool," Jones said. "I like both Coach Rick Neuheisel and Coach Jim Harbaugh. They are both cool, down to earth people.
"Both campuses are really awesome," Jones said. "UCLA's is a lot smaller than Stanford's, but I still like both of them."
What will be the turning point for Jones?
"Basically, it will be how comfortable I will feel at both schools," Jones said. "That's the main thing, if I am happy there for the next how many years that I'm there."
Whoever lands Jones will be getting an outstanding two-way performer who could end being a standout on either side of the ball as a running back or linebacker on the D-I level. Jones has that type of talent and ability.
Jones has been outstanding so far this season, helping Oaks Christian to a 3-0 record. He currently leads Ventura County in rushing with 538 yards in three games. He has five touchdowns while averaging 7.91 yards per carry with a long of 47 yards. He is also as threat out of the backfield as a receiver and has three touchdown catches.
On defense, Jones has accounted for 14 tackles and has one sack from his linebacker spot.
Is UCLA or Stanford talking to Jones about playing linebacker on for them?
"No, not really," Jones said. "Mainly just running back."
Jones and his Oaks Christian teammates will hookup against also unbeaten Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice who stand 3-0 this Friday evening and will try get to 4-0.
As a junior, Jones earned League Player of the Year, Area Offensive Player of the Year, Coach's County Offensive Player of the Year, Section CIF Offensive Player of the Year, all sections first-team all-CIF and first-team all-state.
Jones rushed for 1,504 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior while averaging 10.1 yards per rush. The complete back, Jones is also a dangerous threat catching the ball out of the backfield. He ended up with 20 receptions for 340 yards and six more touchdowns with an average of 17 yards per catch
Jones earned a spot on the Rivals.com Rivals100 for the class of 2010 and is ranked as the nation's No. 78 prospect at any position. He was also selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 landing as the Golden State's No. 12 prospect at any position.