March 9, 2009

Pickens County standout awaiting an offer

Despite being a small 2A school in rural Alabama, Pickens County High School has produced a pair of Southeastern Conference players the past two seasons.

2010 defensive end prospect Gregory Jones hopes to make it three years in a row. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder has flown under the radar for many college coaches but is hoping a breakout senior season will land him a SEC offer like the ones his former teammates Michael Williams and Mardrecas Hood have signed.

"College football is something that I would like to pursue," Jones said. "I've been thinking about Mississippi State mostly then Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. But I'd like to stay around here and go somewhere that isn't too far from home."

Jones has those four schools on his wish list but is currently not receiving any interest from college coaches so he has spent his time preparing himself in the classroom for whenever the recruiting process does begin.

"I've just heard from military schools and that's it," Jones said. "So right now I have just been concentrating on my grades and making sure I have got all that out the way so I can graduate. Right now I am trying to get the papers together to take my ACT."

Jones' coach at Pickens County Patrick Plott feels that he has the physical tools to make it to the next level but needs to show more that just flashes of his abilities. Plott, a former Jacksonville State standout, is working with Jones to show him what it takes to make it at the next level.

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