Jones plays the waiting game

For some high school athletes, recruiting can turn into a waiting game. So it is for linebacker Terrance Jones of nearby Tuscaloosa County High.

Alabama has been recruiting Terrance Jones, along with his stellar teammate LeRon McClain, for months. But Jones indicated to that he has yet to receive a firm scholarship offer from the Tide.

He and McClain had the distinction of being the first two Alabama recruits new Head Coach Mike Price met in person. "I like Coach Price," Jones said. When (or if) a firm scholarship offer is forthcoming, Jones says he is "likely to commit" to his hometown school.

No one questions Jones' effectiveness on the high school level, but there are concerns about his size as a collegiate linebacker. It's not clear whether Jones could contribute at safety.

Jones visited Alabama practice last spring.

Jones (6-1 205 4.50) was an active inside linebacker on the prep level, who utilized his speed to make tackles all over the field. On film he shows good toughness on plays aimed in his direction.

He also has good speed to the outside, and Jones is fast enough to cover backs out of the backfield.

The Northport native had 115 tackles, seven sacks, and three fumble recoveries as a senior, which was good enough to lead his team in tackles for the third straight year.

His junior year Jones totalled 110 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, and two blocked punts, while as a sophomore he posted 86 tackles and four sacks. In addition to leading his team in tackles each year, he also was named his team's Most Valuable Defensive Player.

As a senior Jones moved to running back and showed versatility as a runner and receiver. He made All West Alabama and All State as a junior and senior.

While he waits on Alabama, Jones is actively considering other schools. "I've scheduled visits to Auburn (1-10), Ole Miss (1-17), Alabama (1-24) and Mississippi State (1-31)," Jones said. "Those are my top four.

"But the Tide still ranks at the top of my list."

Jones sports a 29-inch vertical jump. He bench presses 305 pounds and squats 450.

The local athlete reports a 2.7 GPA and says that he has made 16 on the ACT.

EDITOR'S NOTES: At this point Alabama appears to have one or two linebacking prospects rated ahead of Jones on their recruiting board, but how long they'll wait on those prospects over Jones is unclear.

There are some qualifying concerns with Jones.

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