5-star Jones talks Tide visit, offer

Alabama hosted dozens of top prospects over the weekend for its A-Day event, but only a trio had five-stars next to their name while in town. The only one without a 'Bama offer entering the trip, big defenive tackle Kendell Jones learned of some good news while on campus and went back to Texas with a new perception of the program.

A pair of firsts went down for five-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones over the weekend. It was the Kileen (Tex.) Shoemaker rising-senior's first-ever trip to the Alabama campus and while there, he picked up his first verbal scholarship offer in more than a year's time.

The news was broken by Nick Saban on Saturday morning before the Crimson Tide played its 2015 spring game.

"He (Saban) said they work hard off and on the field and that I can be a force in the middle," he said. "It was amazing and an honor to get one from the coach, himself.

"It has been over a year since picking up an offer, so it’s pretty cool to get an offer from one of the best schools in the country. Roll Tide Roll!"

During his initial Tuscaloosa experience, Jones admired many aspects of campus and the people, in particular.

"Everybody was connected," he said. "The people that didn’t know you said good things, the people that knew you said good things. Family is huge. It’s huge, all of it, even to me. Sitting there, watching them play…I’ve only seen that stuff on TV so it was pretty cool. And the game was awesome; I got to meet all the players. It was cool to see them produce on the field.

"I know (UA player) Da’Shawn Hand and I’m beginning to get to know Maurice Smith. They all just tell me to come to ‘Bama. I didn’t get tired of them telling me that. They all said, ‘come to ‘Bama, it’s the best place in the country.’"

With a who's who offer list to his name and in no rush to make a commitment, one of the top 20 prospects in the class of 2016 admits that Alabama will remain in the conversation.

"They’re definitely going to be on my mind when I break down all my offers this summer," Jones said. "It will be a top 10, then narrow it down to five from there. I’m in no rush to make a decision, I’ll take it one day at a time.

"I'm looking for academics, leadership on the football team and being like a family. Everyone on the same page, nobody against anybody else and with everyone in tune with each other."

Jones, who reports measuring in at near 6-foot-6, 380 pounds while at 'Bama, adds that he doesn't have any additional visit plans going forward.

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