October 24, 2010
Jones talks season, injury
High school football fans around the state held their collective breath last week when news came out that Adamsville (AL) Minor safety Chris Jones had gone down in the first half of Friday night's game against Tuscaloosa County after a helmet-to-helmet hit. Luckily, Jones was able to ultimately walk away from the injury and said two days later everything appears to be fine.
"I'm feeling really good now, a whole lot better than how I felt Friday night," Jones said. "It was one of those situations where me and the other guy just kind of hit each other the wrong way. When I first went down, my whole body was numb for a few seconds but it started to wear off pretty quickly. Obviously, you have to take those kind of things seriously but the doctors said it was not a concussion, just a bad stinger. I'm going to see how I'm feeling throughout the week and talk to my parents about it before I decide whether or not I'm going to play this weekend. I would hate to miss it because it's the last game of my high school career but I know I have to put my health first."
Prior to the injury, Jones said he was pleased with how his senior season had gone despite some struggles on the field for Minor.
"Up to this point, the season has gone pretty good for me. As a team, things didn't really go as well as we had hoped but I do think we got better as the season went on and I feel like individually, I was able to really contribute a lot to the team. Sometimes I didn't do enough to help my team win but I do feel like there were times where I recognized that my team needed someone to step up and I was able to make a big play for them. I'm happy with my performance overall this season."
While Jones has yet to have much contact with most of the other members of the Crimson Tide's 2011 recruiting class, he hopes that will change in the months to come.
"I really haven't had a chance to meet many of the other guys in the class. The only guy I really talk to on a regular basis is Vinnie Sunseri. We are pretty tight. Right now, I'm planning on playing in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game so that will be a great opportunity for me to meet some of the other guys committed to Alabama and get to know a little more about them."
As for the current state of college football in the state of Alabama, Jones said it has been fun watching both the Tide and Tigers playing for high stakes this season and is looking forward to a clash of the the two in-state titans in the Iron Bowl.
"It's a fun time to be a football fan in this state right now. Auburn is playing pretty good with their quarterback and their offensive line looks great too. I think Alabama has the potential to do it again but I think they need to find that spark earlier in games. It seems like they always play great in the second half and if they could do that in the first half of games too, they'd be a dominant team. I think they'll get it figured out soon."
Jones is ranked as the nation's No. 18 safety prospect according to Rivals.com and boasts a 4.5 forty time.
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