October 21, 2007

Jones back from Capstone visit

Memphis standout Barrett Jones cut his list of favorites to five in August with Alabama making the cut. This weekend Jones, 6-foot-5, 271-pounds, was in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit to watch Alabama against Tennessee.

"I drove up early Saturday morning with my mom, dad, brothers and a couple of friends. It's a tough drive but we got there in time to go through the Walk of Champions. You could definitely feel a sense of excitement since it was the Tennessee game," Jones said. "It's a great rivalry game and Alabama beating a good Tennessee team exemplifies how far the program has come under Coach Saban in such a short time. It was an impressive win and you can tell the players are buying into his system which is a good sign."

Jones, who is ranked the Volunteer state's top prospect, indicated there was a special buzz in the stands for Tennessee.

"I've been to Alabama a lot of times but there is something special about the big rivalry games. The Tennessee game is huge every year and the fans, players and coaches know it," Jones said. "The crowd was great and it was loud. The Alabama fans are always loud and behind their team. It's an exciting place to be."

Before leaving, Jones spent time with Nick Saban.

"Coach Saban told me that I could be a great offensive lineman in his system. He told me what kind of program he is building and they are headed in the right direction. You can tell that from being around the players and other coaches," Jones said. "He's a great coach and he told me he is setting long term goals. He's not worrying about winning just one game or nine in a season. He plans to win a national championship. A lot of coaches say that but when he says it I believe him."

With two official visits behind him Jones hasn't set a rock solid time for his decision but it would be coming in the near future.

"Right now I'm focused on getting through my senior season. I haven't set up anymore official or unofficial visits. I want to have the best season possible," Jones said. "I'm thinking in a month of so but there is no set date. All the teams are still equal."

Jones boasts 4.7 GPA and 30 ACT score in the classroom and a 490-pound squat, 335 bench and 29-inch vertical jump in the weightroom. He is rated a member of the Rivals100 and the nation's No. 41 overall prospect by Rivals.com.

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