“I slept four hours, I got in at 1 (a.m.), but what kept me energized was the excitement to get out here,” he said.
Jones suited up and competed among the nation’s best trench talents, complete with helmet and shoulder pads, and held his own.
“I woke up excited to go, I really wasn’t tired at all,” he said. “Coming out here, jumping into it, I’ve got to learn a lot more stuff, like what they want me to do and then tomorrow I’m going to have a better day.
“I need to improve my pad level. Stay low, use my moves, use my rips and I’m going to be good. I’m looking forward to making Final 5 tomorrow.”
“He’s a strong guy. What could always beat a guy like that is your technique. I have a lot more development to do it,” Jones said. “He’s the real deal, I’ve got to work my hardest to beat him tomorrow. I have more work to do for the next day.”
With plenty of work to be done in Pac-12 country, one of the best at his position says the six weeks or so he’s been an Alabama Crimson Tide commitment has been a change of pace from before May 22. Other programs remain on his trail though he’s been attempting to improve UA's 2016 class while in town with fellow elites, including the nation’s No. 1 prospect Rashan Gary.
“I mean, it’s Roll Tide. Shoot, we’ve got to come out here and show out for ‘Bama,” he said. “We’re the next men, next student athletes to step up. It’s he family environment there, the education they could give a person. They could make me into a real student-athlete and prepare you for the next level.”
Jones was last in Tuscaloosa on June 13 for OL/DL camp, his first trip as a pledged prospect. He competed and reportedly dominated during the competition portion of the day.
“I went ham over there,” he said with a laugh. “I had to show the family what I had. Bo Davis, who recruits me, is always there. Everything is so different now. People see me now and say , ‘Hey, what’s up ‘Bama?’ It’s like, okay, ‘Roll Tide!’
“It’s so cool, the life of a committed person.”