Four-star running back Malcolm Jones (6-1, 215, 4.6) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian is on the clock as he is getting closer and closer to making his college decision. He has narrowed down his college choice to two schools for some time now and they are Stanford and UCLA.
"Malcolm will be going to Stanford tonight," Oaks Christian head coach Bill Redell said. "He's going to make up his mind before the end of this month. He should know what college he will be going to before we play Venice on October 2nd.
"Stanford is recruiting him primarily as a running back," Redell said. "UCLA has talked to him about him playing linebacker. He wants to play running back."
UCLA likes Jones at both the running back and linebacker positions.
Jones is certainly living up to his reputation as one of the Golden State's best two-way players. He currently leads Ventura County in rushing with 538 yards in three games. He has five touchdowns while averaging 7.91 yards per carry with a long of 47 yards.
On defense, Jones has accounted for 14 tackles and has one sack from his linebacker spot.
Big players, make big plays, in big games, the old football adage goes. Jones certainly did that against the Nation's No. 9 ranked high school football team last Friday Night Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline.
Jones raced 47 yards for the game clinching touchdown in a hard fought 28-25 win. He ended up with 128 yards on 18 carries while averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
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.
Though Jones didn't a lot action on defense his junior season, but still he recorded 39 tackles, two interceptions and one sack.
Stanford and UCLA fans are counting the seconds down for his decision. In due time, fans of one of the two schools will be happy.
Jones earned a spot on the Rivals.com Rivals100 for the class of 2010 and is ranked as the nation's No. 78 prospect at any position. He was also selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 landing as the Golden State's No. 12 prospect at any position.