FB RECRUITING: Andre Jones update

Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., defensive back Andre Jones is a hot commodity these days...

One of Kentucky's nine verbal commitments for the 2002 football recruiting class is receiving a heavy dose of pressure to continue his search for the right school.

Andre Jones, a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back (4.4-40) from Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., says he's still "pretty much solid" with Kentucky, but is getting plenty of attention from at least two other Southeastern Conference schools.

"I'm committed to Kentucky, and my only visit so far is set up for them on Dec. 7, but I may take a visit to LSU and Auburn," he said. "I still want to look around and check out some other schools, make sure I'm making the right decision."

Jones said he has developed a close relationship with UK defensive coordinator Rick Smith, something that led him to commit earlier this fall. He's also impressed that the Cats are recruiting several highly-touted players in his area of Florida.

"They're doing a good job," he said. "I keep up with their team right now, and they're improving with a bunch of young players. By the time I get there, I think they've got a chance to be real good. They've got some great players like Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd."

But that's if he can resist the lure of another program.

"Kentucky and LSU is really a hard decision," he said. "Those were the two camps I went to this summer, and I really liked everything about both schools. Coach (Nick) Saban showed me a lot of personal attention while I was there. That kind of surprised me because they had so many good players at their camp."

Jones said LSU's relative proximity to his home --- four hours as opposed to nine from Kentucky --- may also play a role in his final decision.

Jones, who maintains a 3.5 GPA and also participates in basketball and track and field, recorded 54 tackles and eight interceptions for Choctawhatchee this season. A two-way player, he played wide receiver, cornerback, free safety and strong safety at various times during the course of the season.

"I prefer defensive back, cornerback," he said. "That's what Kentucky is recruiting me for."


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