Julio Jones: Alabama Bound?

Nic GulasSenior Analyst IFebruary 2, 2008

 Julio Jones

Almost a month ago, Foley (Ala.) wide receiver Julio Jones narrowed his list of potential schools down to five universities: Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Florida.  Jones said he would wait until Signing Day to announce his destination.

On Saturday, though, Jones may have given a big clue to where he will go to play his college ball.

Jones, the 6-foot-4, 215 pound receiver, was spotted at the LSU-Alabama basketball game in Tuscaloosa on Saturday with Alabama commits Burton Scott and Robert Lester.

Lester is also a teammate of Jones at Foley High School, near Mobile.

Jones, a 5-star prospect according to both Rivals and Scout, cancelled his visit to Texas Tech this weekend because he had felt no need to make the trip. 

It is believed that Jones' top three are Oklahoma, Florida State, and Alabama.

Jones has said that he wants to go to a school with a young, established quarterback.  Oklahoma has Sam Bradford coming back this season as a sophomore, EJ Manuel is a commitment to go to Florida State and Alabama has a solid verbal from Star Jackson.

During his senior season, Jones scored 16 touchdowns on 68 catches for a total of 1,181 yards.  As a junior, he also had 16 touchdowns on 75 catches for 1,306 yards. 

For Alabama, Jones would be the icing on the cake to an amazing recruiting class assembled by head coach Nick Saban and his staff.  Not only would Jones join Scott and Lester, but Rivals top 100 prospect Alonzo Lawrence. 

Lawrence, who announced his commitment to Alabama on Friday, has been the only player able to control Jones.  In the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, Jones had one catch after being covered by Lawrence.

Jones, a top five recruit on every single recruiting website, will officially announce his destionation at 12:30 pm ET on Wednesday on ESPN, but it is pretty safe to say that Julio will be in Tuscaloosa come next season.


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