The UCLA football team landed another commitment on Thursday as 3-star athlete Carl Jones (Bakersfield/Bakersfield, CA) has committed to the Bruins.
BOOM! With only a few days before the Early Signing Period, the UCLA football team landed another recruit for the 2019 class as Bakersfield product Carl Jones committed to the Bruins.
The 6’1, 195-pound Jones is a special athlete that Chip Kelly and his staff will be able to use in different facets of the game as he played multiple positions in high school.
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On the offensive side of the ball, Jones has played at the quarterback, running back, and receiver positions. On special teams, he has proven to be a deadly kick returner that can blow past his opposition with his blazing speed, but it is on defense where his talents will be utilized the most.
Jones, who was recruited by UCLA DC Jerry Azzinaro and DB coach Paul Rhodes, has incredible athleticism. His aforementioned speed, paired with his agility, makes him a solid shut-down defender. He is a very patient player and does not over commit to plays, yet once he sees where a play is going, he launches in like a missile to make the stop.
When going against the pass, Jones has the innate ability to stay close in coverage and disallow completed passes. On top of that, with the hands that gave him a boost as a receiver, he has been able to haul in interceptions, but that is not all.
Jones is also a very shifty individual. Whether he has the ball in his hands on offense or defense, he finds a way to avoid tackles, get behind blocks, juke or spin his way out of trouble and is generally a tough player to bring down.
Though he has been brought in to play defense, if needed, his skills will help the Bruins on offense. Either way, this is a solid get for UCLA. The Bruins now have 11 players (non-walk-on) committed to the 2019 class. With Jones, the Bruins now have three defensive backs as he will be joining Sharmar Martin and William Nimmo.
Though the Bruins still have a ways to go with recruiting, it is starting to shape up to be a solid class. Welcome to Westwood, Carl!