It is a bit of the rich getting richer as the USC Trojans picked up the verbal commitment from arguably the best safety prospect in west when Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star Marshall Jones (6-0, 185, 4.5) pledged to Pete Carroll earlier today (June 19, 2006).
"That was the plan," Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said when asked if Jones committed to USC. "He went down there today with his Mom and Dad to meet with Pete Carroll, Steve Sarkisian and whoever else they meet for those things at noon."
Jones fits the profile of a USC football player. He plays the game with purpose, swagger and attitude.
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After talking to Redell it isn't a secret why Jones was one of the most highly recruited defensive backs in the west
"Marshall is John Lynch with speed," Redell said. "He will knock your block off."
"Marshall is the best hitter I have coached in my 19 years on the high school level," Redell said. "He will almost rather hit you than pick off a pass.
"We actually have to reel him in a little bit. He's very aggressive and takes a lot of pride in his hitting ability. He's also a very good open field tackler."
"Marshall has everything you would want a big time safety to have," Redell said. "He has great range and not only is he fast, Marshall has football speed. He can cover a lot of ground in a very short time."
Jones had over 20 offers and a partial list includes, Arizona, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State and Tennessee.
USC lands a player who made Rivals.com Rivals100 and landed as the nation's No. 54 prospect at any position. Rivals.com also ranks him as the country's No. 3 safety for the class of 2007 (3).
Great get for USC.