The weekend started off pretty relaxed for Tyren Jones (5’9”/199) and the rest of his Georgia teammates.
“Yesterday we went to the Santa Monica pier, the beach, went to a couple shops, and seen a little scenery,” Said Jones.
When asked if California was a little different compared to the Peach State, Jones responded, “ Yeah, oh yeah.”
After Friday though, it was time to start competing.
On Saturday afternoon, team Georgia, which includes, among the notables, Brendan Langley, Keyante Green and Evan Engram, played the best of five 7 on 7 games against the 1925 All-Stars of California at Oaks Christian High School. The weekend finally concluded Sunday facing off against various teams across Southern California at UCLA’s 7 on 7 tournament.
“It’s pretty good competition out here to do work against,” he said.
Although Jones will play running back at the next level for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, that didn’t stop him from continuing to hone his skills outside of the backfield. Jones often lined up in the slot or out wide many times during each game of 7 on 7.
“I just go wide receiver because I get more action out there,” he said. “It helps to work on my hands and do work against some of the DB’s.”
“I’m an all-purpose back. I can run, catch and block. I’m just trying to make everything better,” he added.
While Jones has been committed to Alabama since February, he reiterated the reasons why he chose the Tide.
“It just fits me as a runner and what I do,” he said. “I’m trying to go to the next level and that’s what they do best, put their running backs out there. Everything just came into place.”
Over the past two years, former Alabama running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson were both selected in the first round of the NFL draft. While Jones may share the same dream as Ingram and Richardson, he recognizes it won’t come easy and is aware of Alabama’s hard work ethic.
“It’s just a lot of hard work. They actually work, probably harder than any other school.”
Hard work is something Jones is familiar with. The rest of his summer plans include working out with his Walton high school team and his dad.
“I’m trying to be great,” he said.
As a junior Jones rushed for 2,400 yards and 33 touchdowns and also accumulated 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Here is a look at Jones from Saturday's action.:
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