June 24, 2009

Decision coming for Jones

If there's one 2010 prospect who is familiar with the University of Alabama, it must be Memphis (TN) Evangelical Christian tight end Harrison Jones, brother of current Crimson Tide lineman Barrett Jones and son of former Tide basketball star Rex Jones. But just because the 6-foot-4, 230-pound star has connections to Tuscaloosa doesn't mean he isn't considering other options.

"I'm definitely in close contact with Alabama and Coach (Curt) Cignetti has done a great job recruiting me. Alabama has a lot of different ways they can use me whether it's tight end, slot receiver in some situations or even an H-back type position."

"Right now, I'm trying to figure out which school is the best fit for me. That means a lot of things. It's the campus, the coaches, the offense and also just the environment at the school. It's going to be the place I spend the next four years of my life so it needs to be somewhere that I feel comfortable."

Jones, who holds offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Ole Miss, North Carolina and Oklahoma, said that his brother's presence in Tuscaloosa makes the prospect of playing for the Tide intriguing but he remains committed to choosing the school that will put him in the best situation possible both on the field and off.

"I hear from my brother all the time. He says he thinks it would be a lot of fun to play together at Alabama but I'm not going to make my decision just based on the fact that he's there. Like I said, it's about finding the place that is the right fit for me."

Rated as the nation's No. 14 tight end prospect, Jones said he is close to making his final decision and wants to be done with the recruiting process before the start of his senior year of high school.

"I want to figure out where I'm going before the school year starts for sure. I'm probably going to commit in the next two weeks. I want to get in another visit to Tuscaloosa before I make my decision and also I'd like to go visit North Carolina to get a better feel for them as well. Once I've made those trips, I'll probably be ready to decide."

In the meantime, Jones is working to improve his 4.8 forty time along with his 320-pound bench max and 405-pound squat.

"I've been working out with my high school team a lot this summer. We work out three days a week and then the other two days I work with a speed trainer. I'm trying to do everything I can to make myself stronger and faster."

Jones also boasts a 3.7 GPA and a ACT score of 29.

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