'Mom's the word'

Laurence Jones committed to Alabama this morning, and his comments made it clear that his mother, Jessica Carr, played a big role in his decision. Go inside to hear from his mom concerning today's events and the days leading up to the commitment...

Jessica Carr took the stage this morning at Neville High School along with her son, Laurence Jones, who committed to Alabama after a fierce recruiting battle between the Crimson Tide and LSU.

"I'm relieved," said Carr, a few hours after the announcement. "He didn't make his decision last night. The visit was fine last night (with LSU head coach Les Miles) and he loved both schools - that was the problem.

"When we were walking to the auditorium, I still didn't know who he was going to choose. Literally, I didn't find out until Hootie said he'd be taking his athletic ability to Alabama."

Carr said the announcement drew a mixed response from an audience filled mostly with Neville students.

"Some were quiet, some were cheering loud," she said. "I told Hootie I don't want to do this again (she has a younger son who is a freshman at Neville)."

Carr talked about visiting Bama and LSU.

"I went on two or three of his unofficial visits to Alabama and the official to LSU," she said. "Hootie said after the LSU visit, 'Mom I know that didn't go the way it should have for you.'

"It didn't go the way an official visit should go. I know the way I felt was not the way it should've been. Coach Miles talked last night about the things everybody was going to do for Hootie - when they should have been telling him that earlier on the visit."

Carr reiterated that the decision came down to the visits to each school, and that's where Bama took a decisive lead over LSU.

It remains to be seen if Jones and his mom will return to Tuscaloosa for an official visit.

Neville, last year's Class 4A runner-up to Edna Karr, is undefeated and seeded No. 1 entering this Friday's semis showdown vs. East Jefferson.

The Tigers could get a rematch vs. Karr in the finals.

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