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USC Football: Velus Jones signals return despite transfer rumors

After several visits to SEC schools and months in the transfer portal, Velus Jones Jr. has made his decision.

NCAA Football: California at Southern California Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

After months of speculation about Velus Jones Jr.’s transfer destination, the Trojan has elected to return for his junior season in the Trojan offense.

Last season, Jones was USC’s primary kick returner leading USC to a very impressive 22.7 yards per kick return. He also served as a rotation wide receiver, catching 24 balls for 266 yards and one touchdown. The former four star recruit was also used in speed-sweep situations, which are counted as runs. His six rushing attempts for only 13 yards and 11 yards per reception were unimpressive numbers given Jones’ greatest strength: his speed.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

That was in Tee Martin’s offense. Since then, Martin has departed, and Graham Harrell has taken control of the USC offense. With Jones returning to USC and heralded freshman Bru McCoy expected to follow, Harrell’s impact in recruiting cannot be understated. With no personnel changes at the quarterback position, Trojan receivers are trusting to get a slice of a bigger pie, and for the Air Raid system to get them more targets and yards.

Jones is yet another piece for Harrell to move around. His speed down the field may command safety help, opening the field for other receivers or runningbacks.

If Jones can work his way onto the field over a talented receiving group, his speed will add yet another element to Graham Harrell’s promising offense.