Emerging D-Lineman Visiting Auburn For A-Day

Defensive lineman Kendell Jones talks about his upcoming visit for Auburn's A-Day game on Saturday.

Pinson, Ala.--A physical defensive line prospect from Clay-Chalkville High, 6-4, 246 Kendell Jones is hoping to build on an impressive camp performance a few weeks ago at the Birmingham NFTC that earned him an invitation to The Opening in Oregon in July.

Already with several scholarship offers to his credit, Jones recently visited Alabama and will be on the Plains this weekend to check out Gus Malzahn, Rodney Garner and the Auburn Tigers.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the coaches and seeing what they are like," Jones tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I kind of want to meet some of the players also and see what they're like. I think it will be fun."

Making his second trip to Auburn after coming for an earlier junior day, Jones said that the coaches and team really impressed him last season by turning things around so quickly. That has him excited to see what could be in store in the future for the program.

"They have a really good program," Jones said. "They are young, but they seem like they are already experienced. That's what stood out to me when I watched them last season.

Spending much of his time talking with Garner from the Auburn staff, Jones said he has enjoyed getting to know the former Leeds standout. Adding that he's a "pretty cool guy" and laid-back as well, Jones said he hopes to get to learn more about the coach when he comes to Auburn's camp in June.

That will be an important time for Jones as not only will he be trying to impress Garner and the Tigers' coaches, but he'll also be gearing up for his opportunity to go against many of the best high school players in the country at Nike headquarters in Oregon. Earning his shot by doing work against players such as Tyler Carr, Drew Richmond, Javon Patterson, Lester Cotton and others in Birmingham, Jones said he can't wait to get back to work again this summer.

"It was pretty fun competing against all those highly-recruited offensive linemen," Jones said. "It was fun seeing how I could go against them and how good they are. I wanted to see how well I matched up with them.

"It was big," he added about his invitation to The Opening. "It was almost like it was unreal. It's like a dream come true."

Already with offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky and Troy while also hearing from Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina State, Georgia, Northern Illinois, Missouri, Memphis and South Alabama, Jones is definitely a name to keep an eye on as recruiting continues to heat up in the spring and summer.

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