Committed to: UCLA
Aliz'e Jones emerged as a key weapon for pre-eminent Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman during the past two seasons, helping the team claim consecutive state championships (that's now five straight for the Gaels). He enters his senior season recognized as the consensus top tight end in America.
Jones gradually developed during his sophomore season, capping it off with two touchdown receptions in the state title game. He set career highs in 2013, catching 35 passes for 571 yards and 10 scores.
The 6'4", 222-pound playmaker smoothly pulls off playing two positions in high school, lining up at wide receiver and tight end depending on the offensive package. Jones certainly fits the "hybrid" mold we've seen grow in the game during the past decade.
He isn't a pass-catcher primed to burn defensive backs vertically on a regular basis, but sharp route running and impressive burst set the stage for him to routinely exploit the seam 10-15 yards downfield. Jones is physical, fights for positioning and understands how to attack space in the defense.
His most impressive plays often occur on crossing patterns, which he often punctuates with sizable gains after the reception. If the quarterback finds him in stride, it makes life difficult for the trailing defender.
Jones is a go-to target in the red zone, where his leaping ability and coordination shine. He is often targeted on fade routes, enabling him to go up and grab the ball at its highest point.
His ability to tip-toe along the sidelines on several receptions highlights strong awareness of where he is on the field. You get the sense he really started to understand the complexities of how to slice and dice defensive secondaries during his junior season.
Though Jones' technique occasionally wears down when he allows the football to come into his chest plate, he typically attacks the ball. His biggest challenge in college will be dealing with more contested releases during the early stages of routes.
Unfortunately, Jones suffered a head injury early at The Opening and wasn't able to compete afterward. Most expected him to excel in seven-on-seven action.
Jones isn't relegated to blocking duties much at Bishop Gorman, so that part of his game predominantly remains a mystery. Developing those skills to contribute in the run game will be key to earning early playing time as a Bruin.
Expect Jones to provide a crucial resource for top-ranked 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen early and often at UCLA.
All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report national recruiting columnist Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted.
Recruit information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.