August 3, 2010

Safety has UA in top three

With more than a dozen offers, Minor safety Chris Jones is among the top uncommitted prospects remaining in the state of Alabama and in the entire Southeast. Jones kept his camp and unofficial visit schedule limited this summer to free up his time for workouts but the 6-foot, 185-pound four-star prospect says he's seen enough to declare his top three choices so far.

"Right now, I would say Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are my top three," Jones said. "They are all equal at the top, nobody ahead of the others. Auburn was up there for a little while but I really just kind of lost interest in them."

"At Alabama, you're being coached by the best defensive backs coach in the game. That sets them apart right there. You are going to improve under Coach Saban as a defensive back and you will be prepared for the next level, you know that right off the bat. On top of that, they are the national champions and they're on the verge of winning more titles. The chance to be on the best team and be coached by the best coaches is a pretty great opportunity."

"Florida has always attracted me because of their style of play. I love the way they approach the game from both sides of the ball. They have a great staff like Alabama and a great academic program as well."

"For Tennessee, it's really all about Coach Dooley. He has put together a great staff with a lot of experience and they are all really good people as well. He's got a good handle on where he wants to take that program. When I talked to him back in February, he told me his basic plans for what he wanted to do at Tennessee and you can already see him doing some of those things."

Jones, who is rated the nation's No. 16 safety prospect, said he doesn't plan on dragging out the recruiting process until national signing day and could make a decision before the end of the fall.

"I don't necessarily feel like I have to wait until after the season to make a decision. If I feel confident that I know the right place for me, I wouldn't wait to announce it. I will let everybody know as soon as I know."

In the meantime, Jones and his Minor teammates are beginning their preparations for the season.

"I tried to do most of what I was going to do this summer back in June. I went to Alabama's first camp, which is when I got my offer from them. Then I went to Notre Dame at the end of the month and that was pretty much it for me this summer. I wanted to keep things simple so I could work hard on getting stronger and faster this summer. We start fall practice this week. We already had our first two-a-days and our first regular practice will be on Thursday so things are really gearing up now."

Jones boasts a 4.5 forty and a 335-pound bench max.

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