Tide legacy talks recruiting

Walker Jones, outside linebacker from Memphis-Evangelical Christian School, Tenn., will enter his junior season this fall. Jones has plenty of experience witnessing the recruiting process with his older brothers who are currently on the Tide's roster at the University of Alabama. Jones is looking to make his own mark which includes playing on the opposite side of the ball than his siblings.


"I attended camps at Vanderbilt, Samford and Alabama," said Walker Jones. "I loved them all. They were all awesome. I liked everything about the camps.

"The coaches told me they want me to come to games this fall. They can't really do much recruiting this early. They just want me to attend games in the fall. They all said they will keep in contact with me."

Barrett Jones is a preseason First Team All-American guard for the Tide. Harrison Jones plays tight end and was redshirted last year. Walker has high interest in playing for the same program. His father, Rex Jones, played basketball for Alabama.

"I like Alabama a lot," he said. "They are so good. They compete for national championships every year. My brothers are there. I talk to coach Smart a lot. I have been with him at three camps. Coach Groh is my area recruiting coach. I was on his 'Bama Ball' team this year. I got to know him well. He is real cool."

The 6-foot-2.5, 225-pound outside linebacker is ready for his recruitment to take flight.

"I know how the recruiting process works," said Jones. "I went to a lot of places when my brothers were being recruited. I have received letters from Duke, Vanderbilt, Samford, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Memphis.

"I went to camps at Vanderbilt, Samford and Alabama. I really like those three schools a lot. I want to take a visit to Duke because coach Cutcliffe is there. They have sent me a lot of stuff. I also want to visit Mississippi State."

Jones led his team with more than 50 tackles in 2010.

"I have really good size," he said. "I am pretty fast. I would say my size, speed and strength are my biggest strengths. I am definitely faster than both of my brothers. I definitely want to get bigger and stronger in the weight room. People always tell me I look skinny. I need to keep trying to gain weight."

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