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Jones still wide open after Utah visit

Walter Jones' weekend visit to Utah wasn't about the Utes' narrow win over BYU. It wasn't about the excitement of the students storming the field afterward, either. All of that was somehow overshadowed. Instead, the first thing out of Jones' mouth when asked about the trip centered around a few pieces of paper and a vision.
The thrilling victory on the turf was dwarfed by a few renderings of something that doesn't even exist … yet.
"I got to see all of their new facilities that they're going to be building," Jones said. "They should be done soon. That was really nice. I like facilities. I think everybody does, though."
Impressive as the $16 million plans were, they weren't enough to lock down Jones' commitment. He says there's too much on his plate for that kind of talk. According to him, the scholarship offer he has from Utah is always going to be there. The same goes for the ones from Washington State, Nevada and Oregon State.
He wants to see what shakes out over the next few months before rushing into a verbal pledge. Playing cornerback for the first time after spending the majority of his career at wide receiver, Jones expects his recruitment to pick up over time.
And when it does, everything is subject to change.
"I think UCLA might be close to offering," Jones said. "They're telling me that they really like me at cornerback, but this is my first year playing there. They just don't want to offer me yet because it's kind of a gamble. Other guys out there have more experience than me. They want to come to my games."
Jones says Washington and Boise State are also recruiting him. Now it seems his next move hinges on the Huskies, Bruins and Broncos. At this point, the Redlands (Calif.) High School senior's immediate plan is as follows:
"If I get offered by those other three schools (UCLA, Washington and Boise State), I want to take official visits to them," Jones said. "If I don't get offered by them, I'll probably just take my officials to Washington State, Oregon State and Nevada.
"I don't have one school that stands out right now."
Jones declined to name a favorite at this time, saying the five schools that have offered stand even. He has set no timetable for a commitment and won't rule out waiting until February's signing day.