Defensive end Datone Jones (6-4, 235, 4.8) from Compton, Calif., is off to a fast start this recruiting season. He received his first three offers right out of the box and now has added a fourth.
Jones received his first three early offers from Oregon, Colorado and Ole Miss. All three schools have uncovered California gold and now a fourth school that has a good reputation for harvesting Southern California talent has joined the fray with an offer.
"Datone picked up his fourth offer from the University of Arizona," Compton coach Calvin Bryant said. "I received a call from Mike Tuiasosopo this afternoon and he said that they really like Datone's explosiveness, strength and his relentless style of play."
In an earlier interview with Bryant, he had the following to say about his fast rising defensive end prospect.
"Getting offers early at our school, even last season when we had two sign D-I letters, it isn't common," Bryant said. "Datone really has his stuff together. He's doing everything I'm asking him to do to be an early qualifier."
"Datone is very adept at getting off the line of scrimmage," Bryant said. "He uses his hands really well and is very hungry to sack the quarterback. That is his goal.
"Datone is a hard worker who is always in the weight room," Bryant said. "In the weight room, Jones squats 400, benches 295 and cleans 230.
"Datone runs the 200-m and 400-m in track," Bryant said. "He understands that track is one of those sports that crosses over into football. Running allows a player to get physically and mentally ready to play football."
Jones was a first-team all-league selection the very tough Moore League after racking up 60 tackles and four sacks. He also earned his team's most improved player award as a junior.
Look for more recruiting action come Jones' way as the spring progresses. Compton until recently hasn't been a hotbed for D-I schools but the word is definitely getting out now.
There may be up to at least D-I prospects from the school and player like Jones will only help attract more colleges to check out the other players at Compton.