6-2/185 Etiwanda (CA) High school receiver Marvin Jones was high on the list of Cal targets at a position of critical need for next season.
Jones had named the Bears his leader in recent months but wanted to take a couple visits before making his commitment to Cal.
“When I was at Oregon, there were a lot of great things there,” said Jones. “They’re kind of in a similar position to Cal where they’re losing receivers after this year. I like their spread offense, too, since we run that in my offense.
“But when I had a chance to get home and think about things then go on my official to Cal, I just focused on what got me interested in Cal in the first place and why it’s the right place for me.”
"Plus, being from California, I really don't think I could take all that rain."
Jones had a busy trip, right from the start.
“I came in Saturday morning since I had a game Friday night,” said Jones.
“It was a busy morning. I got a tour of campus when I came in and sat in on some meetings and then saw the March to Victory before the game. That was pretty cool.
“It was an unbelievable game. The comeback was real exciting. It got my adrenaline pumping. I wanted to go down there and play. I could barely sit down that whole game, I was so hyped.
“That Oregon State kicker’s real good. I heard he’s been doing that since his freshman year after missing four kicks against LSU.”
Jones commented that the team stayed strong and is confident that they’ll pick up where they left on and finish strong.
After a night of more activities, Jones had a chance to get back to examining the program and having further meetings with the staff.
“Me and Coach Ferrigno and my dad went and sat down this morning and reviewed some film and we talked about how they’d like to use me in their scheme,” said Jones.
“Then my dad and I went over to Coach Tedford’s office and talked to him for around 45 minutes.
“With so many receivers leaving and with the chance to get a great opportunity at such a good education, it’s just a great situation for me and we talked about that.
“Coach Tedford asked me how I was feeling about where I wanted to commit and I told him I knew what I wanted to do.
“He said, ‘Oh yeah? What are you thinking?’
“I said, “I’m thinking I want to be a Bear.”
“Coach Tedford got a big smile after that and we went out and told Coach Ferrigno. He was real excited, too. I think he didn’t think I was going to commit yet. He had a huge smile, too.”
Jones is the second commitment in the 2008 class at wide receiver, joining El Camino JC wr Verran Tucker.
The 4 star Jones brings the size and speed (4.5 forty) they’ve been looking for at receiver. He led his Etiwanda squad to a big upset win this Friday in a 29-26 nailbiter a week after an impressive 151 yard, 2 td game along with an interception on d in close loss to Chino Hills.
Jones had great numbers last year as well, earning all-state underclass honors with 12 tds and 1320 yards on the year.
The Bears beat out Oregon, Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon State for Jones’ commitment.
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