Jones kicks off 2016 class

Alabama has the top class of 2015 on Scout, and as of Sunday evening it has its initial piece in the class of 2016. Four-star Mississippi defensive tackle Benito Jones gave his verbal to the Crimson Tide at camp.

The college football recruiting dead period ended Sunday, and Alabama wasted no time in snagging a big commitment to kick off its 2016 class soon after.

Amid hosting dozens of elite prospects, rising-junior defensive tackle Benito Jones didn't leave Tuscaloosa before giving his verbal pledge to Nick Saban.

"Yes sir, I'm an Alabama commitment," he said soon after. "I finally made a decision. I was out here, and this all caught my attention. I just fit right in, and for the next four years I'll play at Alabama after I graduate high school."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Waynesboro (Miss.) County standout told the head coach before anyone else.

"I had to tell Coach Saban, he was glad," Jones said. "I'm the first commit in the 2016 class for 'Bama. He said I'm very explosive off the ball, am a great kid and fit at 'Bama."

Already tabbed as the No. 12 defensive tackle in the class of 2016 on and the No. 108 overall rising-junior in America, the four-star had named UA his leader for two months after learning of the scholarship offer in May.

But the decision won't slow his recruitment completely.

"I am committed, but I may still take visits and hit some camps," he said. "But Roll Tide!"

Jones also sports verbal offers from Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.

Tape of Jones at Ole Miss' camp this summer can be seen below.

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