Defensive end Datone Jones (6-4, 235, 4.8) from Compton, Calif., is off to a fast start this recruiting season. He already has three offers from schools that have good reputations for evaluating talent.
The three early offers are from Oregon, Colorado and Ole Miss. Oregon and Colorado have a good track record uncovering talent from Southern California and Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron was able to identify a lot of the talent that became the foundation of USC's two national championship teams.
That these three schools have already tendered offers makes one stand up and notice that Jones is a player to watch.
"Getting offers early at our school, even last season when we had two sign D-I letters, it isn't common," Compton coach Calvin Bryant said. "Datone really has his stuff together. He's doing everything I'm asking him to do to be an early qualifier."
Jones was a first-team all-league selection the very tough Moore League after racking up 60 tackles and four sacks. He also earned his team's most improved player award as a junior.
"Datone is very adept at getting off the line of scrimmage," Bryant said. "He uses his hands really well and is very hungry to sack the quarterback. That is his goal.
"Datone is a hard worker who is always in the weight room," Bryant said. "In the weight room, Jones squats 400, benches 295 and cleans 230.
"Datone runs the 200-m and 400-m in track," Bryant said. "He understands that track is one of those sports that crosses over into football.
"Running allows a player to get physically and mentally ready to play football."