SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The nation’s No. 3 athlete has been told by Alabama coaches that he could be the next electrifying player for the Crimson Tide.
Jack Jones, a four-star cornerback/wide receiver/returner from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, told SEC Country during a U.S. Army All-American Bowl media session that Alabama’s recruiting pitch is intriguing to him.
“They told me that I could play both sides of the ball, and that’s a big thing for me when I get to college,” Jones said. “They were thinking that I could be a Cyrus Jones type of player for them. That would be some big shoes to fill. I would be ready for the challenge, though.”
The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder has never visited Alabama before, but that will change Jan. 15 when he takes his official visit to Tuscaloosa. Jones says that visit will be a key factor when evaluating Alabama’s chances to sign him.
“I really want to see what the roster looks like,” Jones said. “I don’t know what to expect when I go there. I am just looking for a good experience. I want to see what they offer academically because it’s more than football for me. I also want to see if the team is a brotherhood and it’s not like just a group of people that hang out with each other.”
The biggest reason for why he has never visited Alabama before is because he lives on the other side of the country. Many recruiting analysts believe he’ll stay on the West coast, but he wants to be clear that he’s open to playing college football anywhere in the country.
“People could think what they want,” Jones said with a laugh.
The U.S. Army All-American will make his commitment known on National Signing Day. He says his five finalists are Alabama, Texas A&M, USC, UCLA and Oklahoma. If he does decide to choose the Tide, he knows why that would be.
“The reason why I would sign with Alabama is because they’re a great program,” Jones said. “I like what Coach (Nick) Saban is doing with his kids. He develops players on and off the field. He develops kids into grown men.”
Jones is rated as the nation’s No. 44 overall recruit and is the state of California’s No. 6 prospect.