"I have bled crimson since birth."

Barrett Jones has signed and faxed his letter of intent to the University of Alabama. Jones and his coach give Scout.com a signing day story.

Barrett Jones
6-5, 270, OT
Evangelical Christian School (Cordova, Tenn.)
Scout.com four-star recruit

Why Alabama?: "Alabama is the university where I feel that I can best fulfill my academic and athletic goals. I have bled crimson since birth. All my family loves Alabama. My dad went there. I have a great relationship with Kevin Steele, my recruiter. I have great respect for coach Saban as a coach and a man," Jones said.

On Coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "I think coach Saban is a great recruiter. He is great in one-on-one settings. In talking with him, I have especially noticed his passion for the game, his intensity and intelligence. He has a brilliant football mind, and you can really tell that he truly cares about his kids."

"After our conversation I thought to myself, "that is the kind of coach I want to play for, and that is the kind of man I would never want to let down." This is what makes him a great recruiter in my opinion."

Coach Jim Heinz: "Just an outstanding young man that I feel is going to make Alabama an excellent football player. I think he has proven that. The competition we've been playing, and I watched him in an All-Star Game down in San Antonio, and thought he did well, really did well."

"So as he grows, and he's a young kid, just 17 years old. He'll graduate at 17. He's not one of those 18 year olds. He's a July birthday. I feel like that as he gets stronger and grows into his body that he is going to really make them a good football player."

"He works hard. He's gotten where he enjoys getting in the weight room. He's got some strength to work on and some quickness to work on, but I think that is going to come about through their program."

"He's a good worker, a very intelligent young man, one of our smartest kids--4.0-plus grade point average. His ACT is 30+ so a very intelligent young man. I really feel like he's going to make Alabama an excellent football player."

"I tell you another big thing that other people don't realize. I think Barrett realizes it's going to be tougher. It's college football, but I think getting to experience the All-Star game against some of the best in the country I think he understands the hard work it's going to take."

"I think he knows what it is to play against some of the top players that he's been around. That game proved to me that he can play with the best players. I was very impressed when I was down there in San Antonio to be truthful. I thought that was a good test for him and like I say his academics, his character, personality, all of it is just a top grade person."

"You know he's always been associated with Alabama. His dad played basketball at Alabama, but I'm going to be truthful about this. I felt Barrett kept an open mind to recruiting."

"I mean I've never had this many schools come in over any kid, and we've had them go to the SEC before. I've had the privilege really to meet some outstanding assistant coaches and head coaches that have been here, and Barrett helped provide that opportunity for us."

"But for Alabama his father went there, and that helped as far as choosing Alabama. But he had great schools--Tennessee, North Carolina they were all after him. They are great schools, and he had nothing but high comments on all those schools. Florida too."

"So those were some of the last schools of his choice, but I didn't think there was any pressure. I didn't feel like there was any pressure from his dad or his parents to go to Alabama. I think it's something that he's looking forward to."

"And let's lay it on the line. I think that hiring coach Saban certainly helped that situation. I'm certainly not faulting any coaching staff, but that was certainly a big plus too. I think those are things that I think influenced him."

"I also think that he looked at the academic part of it too and felt like Alabama would be a fit for him and be a challenge, and he likes that too."

Bio: Jones received many awards for his senior season including a Division II AA Mr. Football Lineman Finalist, All Mid-State from The Tennessean, West Tennessee Coaches All Region team, TSWA All-State First Team for his Divion II region. The lineman was also honored by inclusion in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Jones missed half of his junior season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. His surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, and Jones has fully recovered.
Analysis: Jones has great feet and moves well for a big man, both North-South as well as laterally. Jones is quick of the ball, shows nice agility and bend. He can block well on the move and also a dominating drive blocker. Jones does a nice job of using his feet to stay in front of the defender in pass protection and shows nice ability to move side to side. He could play both guard or tackle at the next level.

ScoutSouth.com's Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

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