February 21, 2011
NY lineman looking at Tide
The Alabama Crimson Tide continue to venture outside the state of Alabama and even outside the Southeast to find elite talent as they continue to build their reputation as a national recruiting power. The latest player from outside the South to pick up a Crimson Tide offer is Rochester (NY) Aquinas Institute defensive lineman Jarron Jones, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound star who received his Alabama offer last week and has had a good experience so far with the Tide.
"I've talked to Coach Stought a couple of times, he's my recruiter from Alabama," said Jones. "He's the offensive line coach there but he says he thinks I have the most to offer Alabama as a defensive tackle. He thinks I can come in right away and help at that spot. He likes my size a lot and he says I have the skills to be a playmaker in their defense."
"I am definitely planning to come down this summer for a visit. I probably won't make it down for one of the camps but I want to take just an unofficial visit at some point to learn more about the campus and the program itself."
Alabama's offer joins a list that includes Florida State, North Carolina, Penn State and others but there are a number of schools continuing to communicate with Jones who could send in offers of their own in the near future.
"I'm really happy with what I've got so far but there are a lot of other schools starting to talk to me as well. I am probably going to narrow my list down this spring and start focusing on a smaller group of schools over the summer. I don't really have a deadline for my decision. Right now I'm just focused on getting my grades up and staying in shape."
When it comes to playing in the SEC, Jones is not only not worried about playing far from home, he believes it would be a welcome challenge.
"The Southeast is definitely a different experience but I think that's what appeals to me about it. You can watch SEC football on TV and you can just tell it's different than the rest of the country. It would be a chance for me to play against the best every single week and there's no better way to test yourself and see how good you really are unless you play against the best."
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