One of the southeast's most sought after wide receivers for the class of 2010 has eyes for western skies. Two of his total of 17 offers come from Pac 10 schools and there is a good chance that many others will also throw their hat into the ring for this very talented Tai-ler Jones (6-0, 175, 4.45) from Gainesville, Ga.
"UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel offered Tai-ler today (February 2nd)," Gainesville assistant coach Todd Wofford said. "He already has one from Stanford, but he really wanted that UCLA offer. He was going to camp there and earn one if the tape didn't work."
UCLA and Stanford join schools such as Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami, West Virginia to name a few of the colleges that have offered.
The Texas Longhorns are also very interested and invited him to their junior day this coming Saturday (February 7th). Jones has accepted the invite and will be in attendance.
As a junior, Jones earned first-team all-state, first-team all-county and first-team all-region after hauling in 81 receptions for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.
On the recruiting trail Jones is weighing his options and location doesn't appear to be a problem as he is interested in schools from coast-to-coast.
"Tai-ler is very open," Wofford said. "He isn't locked in to playing in the south. His dad played for Notre Dame .
"Tai-ler is looking for a school that plays great football, throws the ball around and competes at a BCS level," Wofford said. "He also wants to attend a school where academically, his degree means something. He's not locked into a football factory school."
What makes Jones such a wanted man already on the recruiting trail?
"Tai-ler is a football player in every sense of the word," Wofford said. "He has a football background and does things naturally that you would normally have to coach the player up to do."
"Tai-ler is extremely smart and has an excellent football IQ," Wofford said. "He's very explosive and has very good instincts. Miami offered Tai-ler originally as a corner, but they saw him in action on film as a wide receiver and they offered him as a two-way player."
"As a wide receiver, Tai-ler runs excellent routes and has flexible hips that helps him explode in and out of his routes," Wofford said. "Being smart, he knows exactly when to attack a defense."