Versatile Athlete for the Tide

Scout.com three-star cornerback Jake Jones was in Tuscaloosa last weekend for his official visit. He arrived at the Capstone as the Tide's most recent verbal commit. He talks about his visit and the interesting match-up with his host for the weekend.

"My host this weekend was Cory Reamer," said Jake Jones. "I really liked hanging out with him a lot. It's funny how he went to Hoover, and I went to Mountain Brook. The rivalry couldn't be any bigger. We were teasing each other about that all weekend."

"We hung out with John Parker Wilson who went to Hoover as well. I had Charlie Higgenbotham who went to high school with me to even things out. David Ross and Andy Davis hung out with us too."

Jones enjoyed all aspects of his official visit especially in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"I pretty much liked everything this weekend," he said. "I liked how close knit the coaches, players and even the commitments were around each other. When we went out on the field, the lights were on, and they played the highlight video. I got a gut feeling that everything was perfect. It felt so right."

The 6-1, 180-pound athlete played several positions for Mountain Brook, and his versatility will benefit the Tide.

"The coaches want me to get down there early and put me exactly where I need to be," Jones said. "They don't know if it will be defensive back or wide receiver. I think it will probably be corner back. That is what the coaches are saying right now. They are talking to me about being the punt returner as well."

"It made it a lot easier," Jones said about arriving in Tuscaloosa as a Tide verbal commit. "I could be very straight up with the coaches instead of having to watch everything I say. It feels good to get the commitment over with. Now it's time to start training."

Jones spent some time throughout the weekend with the nation's top offensive lineman, and he feels good about the Tide's chances of landing Andre Smith.

"I talked to Andre for a little bit," Jones said. "I called him Friday night on my way down to Tuscaloosa to make sure he was still going on the visit. I have known Andre since the Alabama Junior All-Star game last year. I wasn't telling him he needed to commit or anything. I was making sure he was having a good time all weekend."

"It's hard to say what Andre is going to do. From my perspective, Alabama is the place for him. I have known his family for a while, and from the way I think his mom feels, I think he goes to Alabama."

Jones will enroll for the second session of summer school in July, and he expects to room with Andy Davis. His suite parters are likely David Ross and Preston Dial.


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