3-star DL Jones earns Tide offer at camp

Alabama began its summer camp circuit Sunday and one of the banner performers was Kobe Jones, the Starkville, Mississippi native who earned a scholarship offer from Nick Saban after the workout.

Holding more than a dozen offers including in-state SEC extensions from Mississippi State and Ole Miss entering Sunday’s camp at Alabama, Starkville (Miss.) three-star Kobe Jones performed with the hope of adding the defending SEC champions to the offer sheet.

It worked, in what Jones called a “dominant” effort in front of UA defensive line coach Bo Davis, head coach Nick Saban and others on the Crimson Tide staff.

“I just felt really good, I had a lot of energy and I executed very well,” Jones said. “Me and coach Davis had a good vibe going, it was just a good day for me. I played all across the line; I had a few reps at defensive end, D-tackle and noseguard as well. I moved around. They really like my hip rotation and they are looking at me playing on the end, and that’s where I feel comfortable playing.

“After the workout, coach Saban called me into his office and let me know I have the opportunity to play there. I kind of knew it was coming, it’s a blessing man. To confirm it, it made me feel really good to be able to play at a program like Alabama.”

Jones, ranked as a defensive end by Scout, showed versatility and consistency en route to learning of his 15th verbal scholarship offer.

“Coach Saban really liked my takeoff and my style of play,” he said. “They both (Davis) praised my style of play. I love how coach Davis tries to relate to you and make you feel comfortable about him. He’s a down to earth type of guy, but at the same time he will push you and get the best out of you. I love that about coach Davis, we’ve formed a real close relationship.”

With more options available by the week, Jones doesn’t plan on making a decision any time soon. In fact, he currently predicts a post senior-season pledge. Without public favorites, the only visit plans going forward don’t have him leaving the Magnolia State borders after he sees each Egg Bowl rival once more.

It will be another step at determining which program best fits his selection criteria.

“I will just be patient, explore my options and find my best fit,” Jones said. “A good family program, a program where coaches and players have a really close relationship, a program where they develop players because the main goal is to make it to the NFL.”

A return trip to Tuscaloosa is likely, too.

“I enjoyed my time in T-town, I will definitely be back soon,” Jones said.

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