"Harrison is deceptively fast."

Take an in-depth look at one of the Tide's top signees.

Harrison Jones
Scout.com Rating: Three-Star
Size: 6-foot-4, 235-pounds
Hometown: Evangelical Christian School Cordova, Tenn.
Projected Position at UA: Tight End

Commit Date: 8/25/09

Recruiting Competition: Florida State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt

Why Alabama: "I have always been an Alabama fan, following both the football and basketball teams. I was so glad when Coach Saban became the coach at Alabama because I knew he would build a great program to put Alabama back on top like it was for so many years. He is a brilliant coach, and he has a focus and intensity that is unmatched."

Strengths/Improvements: "I have pretty good size. When I play at the college level I'll be bigger than I am now. I have good size and ability to move. I have good hands and can catch the football. I want to improve on my blocking."

Coach Quote (Head Coach Jim Heinz): "Harrison is a big kid with a nice frame who can really run. I think his best football days are in front of him. He can easily add 20-25 (pounds) to his frame without losing anything.

"What I'm impressed with is the improvements he's made on his blocking techniques, his ability to catch the football, his leg strength, and his quickness. Harrison is deceptively fast and can get downfield in a hurry.

"He developed really well. By his 10th grade year he was starting for us. I think he's been playing his best football now as a senior. He was hampered early in the year by a hamstring pull. The second half of the year he's really come on strong.

"Harrison was a big part of the tremendous success our team has had this year. We use him at tight end and the H-back. We have him run the ball, or block, sometimes we'll line him up outside.

"There were a lot of schools in the running. I know North Carolina was really recruiting him hard. It was a tough decision because he had so many great schools to choose from.

"Harrison loves the great Alabama football tradition and the staff. Sure his brother, Barrett is there, but I don't think that was a major factor in his decision because he has to prove himself on his own merits.

"His Dad played basketball at Alabama, and I think it's always been a part of their family life. The main reason Harrison picked Alabama is that he likes Alabama.

"He's done an excellent job in the classroom, very disciplined student. Harrison's a good kid, a Christian, he knows right from wrong, and wants to give his best. I'm confident in saying you won't see any behavior issues from Harrison when he goes to Alabama.

"He played basketball last year. I've been encouraging him to work on his speed by running track. Hopefully he'll devote some of his time to competing this spring as he starts to prepare himself physically for Alabama's training camp."

Andrew Bone says: "Jones is an excellent pass catching tight end. He can create mis-matches in the passing game. He is athletic and a very smart football player. He is very coachable and continues the family legacy of rolling with the Tide."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

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