Herb Jones

2017 wing Herb Jones commits to Alabama

Avery Johnson's first commitment of the 2017 class comes from in-star forward Herb Jones, who pledged early Thursday afternoon.

2017 recruit Herb Jones verbally committed to Alabama on Thursday, his father Walter Jones tells Scout.

Jones, a 6-foot-6 forward out of Newbern (Ala.) Hale County, committed to the Crimson Tide over Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech.


“I think the biggest factor with him is you know being comfortable with the coaching staff,” Jones said. “There were some great coaches that we turned down. We chose Alabama over some really good, upcoming programs and established programs. It just felt right.”

While Jones went through the process and took multiple visits, Alabama was the leader in the clubhouse since they offered him a scholarship.

“To be honest with you, the minute they offered him because we had a conversation that other schools had to beat Alabama,” the elder Jones said when asked when Herb knew he wanted to go to Alabama.

“He really wanted to play for the home state,” he added. “It’s a great opportunity. Coach Avery Johnson is doing a really good job of reestablishing Alabama basketball.”

In 2016, Alabama pulled in a top 100 recruit in Braxton Key and one of the nation’s top Junior College prospects in Ar’Mond Davis. According to Jones, their success recruiting and the direction Johnson is pushing the program was a major factor in the decision.

“He’s going to be great to be apart of a resurgence of a program and to be apart of University of Alabama is big locally,” Jones said.

Jones, who ranks as the No. 30 small forward in 2017, has good size for a perimeter position and impresses with his versatility. But his father says he can help them with his leadership.

“[He can help with] leadership and doing whatever is asked as far as playing a role, whether it’s being their best offensive guy,” Jones said. “He can score it when they need.”

Jones is the first pledge of Alabama’s recruiting class, but the Crimson Tide is a finalist for four-star forward Alex Reese, who is also expected to announce his college choice on Thursday.

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