Running back Malcolm Jones (6-0, 215, 4.55) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian will be one of the most sought after players in the out of the class of 2010. The battle for his services could end up resembling a good old-fashioned donnybrook. The talented two-way standout has been busy taking in junior days.
Jones attended junior days in order at USC, Stanford and UCLA.
"USC's junior day went pretty good," Jones said. "They took us around the campus and we met the coach (Pete Carroll) and I was able to talk to my position coach (Todd McNair)."
"I liked Stanford, a lot," Jones said. "They did pretty much the same thing that USC did. I liked how Stanford's coaches were down to earth and relaxed."
"I liked UCLA's junior day, too," Jones said. "It was good. UCLA also gave us a tour of the campus and we were able to talk to all the coaches. Then we took in a basketball game."
USC is recruiting Jones as fullback and running back. Stanford and UCLA are recruiting him strictly as a running back.
Besides USC, Stanford and UCLA, Jones has offers from Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon.
Does Jones favor the schools that he took in junior days at?
"I don't have any favors right now," Jones said. "I'm still open to anything. Chances are I won't make up my mind up before my season starts, unless something really opens up my eyes."
What is Jones looking for in a school?
"For off, the school I choose will have to have good academics," Jones said. "I don't want to go to a school that has bad academics."
"Then I'll look at the football program and the student body at large," Jones said. "I want to fit in with the students and not just the football team."
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.
If Jones wasn't such a threat on the offensive side of the ball, he would be one of the California's most coveted linebacker prospects. Due to an injury, Jones didn't a lot action on defense, but still he recorded 39 tackles, two interceptions and one sack.