February 23, 2010
First three offers in for Alabama DB
Watch film of Adamsville (Ala.) Minor safety Christion Jones and his abilities become evident very quickly. As a safety, he has great range, hips and instincts and he will hit you too. Now Jones is starting to pick up the offers that validate that ability with recent offers extended from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Louisville.
The offers began slowly but the pace may be accelerating soon.
"I got an offer from Tennessee like two weeks ago," Jones said. "Then in like two days straight I got an offer from Vanderbilt and Louisville last week some time. I've also been in contact with Florida a little bit. It was great. I felt very important."
The first offer in from the Volunteers was an opportunity that interested Jones on a few levels.
"I kind of like Tennessee but I know they got a new head coach coming in and I know they're building," he said. "I'd love to be a part of that rebuilding group and having a chance to start as a freshman. That's pretty big for me, getting a chance to play as a freshman."
Listed as a safety, Jones is not limited to the defensive side of the ball. In fact, with Vanderbilt's offer there was a discussion of playing both sides of the ball.
"Vandy is kind of talking to me about playing both ways," he said. "Louisville, I like their style of play because the like to blitz the safeties a lot and I like to blitz. Right now I'm just trying to fit. I don't have a particular school I'm trying to go to."
Jones has already taken an unofficial visit to Alabama and he has plans to visit either Louisville or Vanderbilt in late March. The Alabama visit was exciting due to the fact that he grew up a fan of the Tide. However, as of yet he doesn't hold an offer from the in-state program.
"I am an Alabama fan," he said. "I would love to play for Alabama. Right now they're picking up big recruits and I know it's going to take hard work to go in and start right off the bat. If they offer, I would be hesitant not to just commit but I still want to take a look at all my options."
Jones was truly a jack of all trades as a junior. He had six interceptions and 65 tackles on defense and he had seven total touchdowns. One touchdown was on an interception return, two more were on punt returns and the rest were rushing touchdowns.
"I can play offense in college too, it just kind of depends on where they want me," he said. "Offense is good because I like scoring but defense is good because I like to hit you."
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