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Bears Start Off Their '23 Class Strong With Commitment from 4 Star Safety RJ Jones

February 4, 2022
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The Bears started off their 2023 recruiting class strong with the commitment of consensus 4 star St. John Bosco safety RJ Jones‍ days after his visit to campus last weekend. Jones was one of three 2023 recruits on campus for the weekend, joining 4 star safety Hunter Clegg‍ and 3 star safety Marcus Ratcliffe.

“When I went up there, it felt like home as soon as I stepped on campus,” said Jones. “Coach Tre (Watson), Coach Brown, Coach Wilcox- they welcomed me with open arms. I just knew that when I got there, I knew it was home and I wanted to be there.

“My mom could tell how comforable i was there walking on campus and she’s big on academics. When you can combine competitive football with the top academic public school in the country, it doesn’t get any better than that. Now that I’m committed to Cal, I’m so happy. I can be proud of myself, for sure.”

Jones announced his commitment today via Twitter, saying:

“I’m committed. I'm committed to being the best version of me, on and off the field. Football has taught me discline. How to tackle life’s obstacles. How to be gracious in my victories and resilient in my losses. It's taught me how to push myself, always to believe in me. It has also taught me how to adapt to change. And I believe in always making my next move my best move, so i’m confident in the choices I make for myself. 

“Some people think of your commitment as the end but really it’s just the beginning to a whole new chapter.”

Jones noted that with the young talent program has, Cal’s poised for big things in the future and he's all in with helping build a winner by adding new high-level talent.

“Elijah Hicks should be one of the top safeties drafted this year and I know Cal has a bunch of good young DBs waiting their turn.

“Part of the reason I committed early was to help to start them recruit. We’ve got some great young talent down here and now that I committed, I can help the program even bigger. I've got some guys at St. John Bosco I'm with right now and I’m already talking to them. I’m fired up to bring them with me. I’m fired up about it all.”

Another connection for Jones to Cal is new St. John Bosco receivers coach and former star Cal receiver Geoff McArthur, whose ties to Jones go back far before his move to Bosco.

“He's been a really close friend of mine,” said Jones. “He actually coached with my dad at Saint Monica (Catholic High School). He's lke another part of my family.

“He's fired up. I can’t wait for him to get down here and start coaching at Bosco.”

“I coached RJ when he was in eighth and ninth grade a little bit,” with McArthur. “So when I saw that commitment to Cal today, I was really thrilled and happy for him. I think it’s a great move for him and we just got us a really great player. He’s a great, great kid.”

The 6-1/180 safety had 40 tackles, one interception, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in his junior season for the Braves. The big-hitting DB holds 17 offers currently, including USC, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Michigan State and more. Jones is rated the #19 safety nationally in the 247 composite ratings the #209th rated player overall in the country.

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Bears Start Off Their '23 Class Strong With Commitment from 4 Star Safety RJ Jones

8,981 Views | 45 Replies | Last: 9 mo ago by burritos
calumnus
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Blueblood said:

I think its amazing to see all the BI excitement about a high schooler that probably won't see any significant PT
until the 2024 or 2025 season! I'm glad we fans can get excited about something related to Cal football!

Boy oh boy, just can't wait to see him score!


Takes our mind off Cal basketball.

I still have a glimmer of hope for Cal football. Go Bears!
bearup
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MoragaBear said:

PtownBear1 said:

bearup said:

PtownBear1 said:

Might be the coolest commitment video I've seen
In terms of intelligence and enthusiasm, he reminds me a lot of another Bosco grad....
one of my all-time favorite Bears Traveon Beck

GO BEARS!!!!------
had a very
Yeah, from what I recall, Beck's commitment video was great because it was pure in the moment excitement.

The weirdest commitment video I recall, which at the time I didn't really consider strange since I was just stoked that he picked Cal, was Drob's.
The absolute best was Georgia fan Uncle Lou's reaction and DRob's upside down Cal framed print he uncovered at the announcement.


+1000

I hadn't realized that DRob left the dawgs for Auburn. He had a solid season. Second on the team with
5 TDs (4 receiving, 1 rushing). Also, returned 12 punts for 7.4 Avg.

GO BEARS!!!!

If you believe in forever
Then life is just a one-night stand
If there's a rock and roll heaven
Well you know they've got a hell of a band
Go!Bears
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MoragaBear said:

The absolute best was Georgia fan Uncle Lou's reaction and DRob's upside down Cal framed print he uncovered at the announcement.


If only he had been wrong…
Econ141
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At the end of the video there is a California script. Anyone seen that on a shirt? I saw JHD on the basketball team where one in a video but have never seen it elsewhere.

Also, huge get!!!
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Go!Bears said:


If only he had been wrong…
He was wrong. DRob's professional mistake was leaving Cal to go back to Georgia, but he had legitimate family reasons for doing it so it was a matter of personal character. He gave up tons of touches and exposure to be a little-used role player. Fans everywhere need to realize that players have different motivations and goals than they do. Sure, everyone would rather win than lose, but from a player's perspective getting to the NFL is a major priority. So their perception of "6-6" is different than a fan's if they perform well during those seasons and it sets them up to get paid in the NFL. Oh, and scouts watch tape provided to them from every conference in every region when it best suits their schedule. They're not confined DVRing ESPN at home like fans are. But you have to "put it on tape" as they say and that's what DRob gave up.
calumnus
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WalterSobchak said:

Go!Bears said:


If only he had been wrong…
He was wrong. DRob's professional mistake was leaving Cal to go back to Georgia, but he had legitimate family reasons for doing it so it was a matter of personal character. He gave up tons of touches and exposure to be a little-used role player. Fans everywhere need to realize that players have different motivations and goals than they do. Sure, everyone would rather win than lose, but from a player's perspective getting to the NFL is a major priority. So their perception of "6-6" is different than a fan's if they perform well during those seasons and it sets them up to get paid in the NFL. Oh, and scouts watch tape provided to them from every conference in every region when it best suits their schedule. They're not confined DVRing ESPN at home like fans are. But you have to "put it on tape" as they say and that's what DRob gave up.


The coach and offense he signed with and was Freshman All American with was fired his freshman year. DRob stuck around a few games into 2017. He saw the disaster that was unfolding. Cal had the worst offense in the PAC-12, one of the worst in the nation, during the time he would have been here. His road has been tough, he has been plagued by injuries, but can't say staying would have been smart.
Bobodeluxe
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Yeh, but Sonny tried to get a job more to his liking.
HuaHin (fka Uthai)
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I look forward to his upcoming decommit.
LACalFan
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HuaHin (fka Uthai) said:

I look forward to his upcoming decommit.

burritos
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MoragaBear said:

PtownBear1 said:

bearup said:

PtownBear1 said:

Might be the coolest commitment video I've seen
In terms of intelligence and enthusiasm, he reminds me a lot of another Bosco grad....
one of my all-time favorite Bears Traveon Beck

GO BEARS!!!!------

Yeah, from what I recall, Beck's commitment video was great because it was pure in the moment excitement.

The weirdest commitment video I recall, which at the time I didn't really consider strange since I was just stoked that he picked Cal, was Drob's.
The absolute best was Georgia fan Uncle Lou's reaction and DRob's upside down Cal framed print he uncovered at the announcement.


OMG that was hilarious. Never saw that.
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