Alize Jones has flirted again with taking official visits but promises that his commitment to UCLA remains firm.
The top-rated tight end by Rivals.com said after his Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman squad comfortably defeated Anaheim (Calif.) Servite last weekend that the Bruins are his team but he wants to take trips just in case something unforeseen happens like a coaching change.
Basically, Jones wants to cover his bases.
"UCLA, that's where my heart is at," Jones said. "I love those guys. I love the coaching staff, the players, Westwood. That's where I want to be but I tweeted out a couple weeks ago I'm going to be taking my official visits and I will do that just to have a blanket just to fall back on.
"You never know what's going to happen if there are coaching changes or something like that. I don't know where I'm going to take them but I will take some."
There are no scheduled visits yet but Notre Dame could be one destination for Jones, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect who's rated as the No. 1 tight end and the No. 55 prospect in the 2015 class by Rivals.com.
Teams from across the country have offered Jones, who finished with 35 receptions for 571 yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior season, so trips could happen anywhere.
First and foremost, Jones wants to return to full health. He missed a majority of Gorman's game Friday night because of a leg injury. Early indications are it's not serious but his team stepped up and got the win even without his services.
"I love my teammates so much," Jones said. "I can't even express it enough. We work so hard each and every day and all the years I've been here at Gorman the family base hasn't been like this.
"We're so close and for those guys to pull out this win, they came up to me and said, 'We got you, we're going to score for you, we're going to get this win,' I got really emotional. I'm just glad we won."