Cal Football: 4* DB RJ Jones Starts the Cal 2023 Recruiting Class
Punctuating his Video with E-40's Yay Area
With the NSD two days ago, the 2023 Class begins with a bang with a consensus 4* DB out of St. John Bosco in the OC. RJ Jones holds offers from 20 D1 programs including Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, USC, Michigan State, and BYU (8 of the Pac-12 programs).
His Junior Season tape can be seen here.
Something worth noting is that the Wilcox/Aranda scheme puts a ton of responsibilities on a safety, from man-matching on Cover-4 looks to spill run responsibilities in the run game. But when played effectively it produces #TAKERS. Bringing in a blue-chip talent like him into the fold is a huge win for the program and defensive backfield.
It doesn’t hurt that the Cal defense has produced 3 NFL safeties (Ashtyn Davis [Jets], Jaylinn Hawkins [Falcons], and Cam Bynum [Vikings]) which projects future players in the position well, especially guys with a high recruiting profile and know who E-40 is.
Some more color from 247:
“I kept thinking, why wait when I know Cal is the best place for me,” Jones said. “I knew what I wanted and like I said, Cal checked it all off for me. Plus I wanted to commit early so I can start recruiting and building this class up. “I want to be an active recruiter and there’s a lot of guys on my teams, both Bosco and Premium (7v7) that I want to bring with me and make this class really special. I’m actually super excited about that. I’m really happy with my decision, there’s a sense of relief there for sure and I can’t wait to get going.”