Top Jr. has LSU offer

If you took a poll on whom the leading candidate is to be the top receiver in the country for 2008 a name that will be tossed out by many is Foley (Ala.) standout Julio Jones.

Julio Jones is very impressive on film and he definitely passes the eye test whether he is in pads or plain street clothes.

At 6-3, 210 pounds and with a self-claimed 4.49 speed in the 40-yard dash, Jones has the obvious size and speed that would keep defensive backs up all night trying to figure out how to stop him. 


Not many defenders figured that out during his junior season as he finished with over 1,250 yards receiving and found the end zone 16 times.


Julio Jones


Coaches from all over have already taken notice of Jones' skills and the scholarship offers are already piling up.


"I got a lot of them," Jones said. "I get them in and the coaches usually take them and put them up. I know I have Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Miami, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, LSU and I can't really remember the others. Coaches usually fax them to the head coach and he puts them up."


LSU coaches took notice of Jones' talent when he camped at LSU the summer before his 10th grade year and since then they have stayed in close contact as much as the NCAA permits for prospects his age.


"I get a lot of hand-written letters from coach Henson," Jones said. "He tells me that I am the type of that guy they like to sign at LSU and that I would fit in well. He said I could be just like Dwayne Bowe and be their playmaker."


Jones got a chance to see Bowe and the LSU offense in action in person when he took an unofficial visit for the Tigers win over Alabama.


The only problem was that the atmosphere and environment took his attention away from Bowe and the offense.


"The atmosphere over there was amazing," he said. "The fans get so much into the game that it's got to be tough for teams coming into that stadium. They were rowdy and it was real loud."


Could there be another unofficial trip to LSU on Jones' agenda anytime soon?


"I'll be heading over there for Junior Day," he said. "I think it's some time in February but I'll be making it over that with my parents."










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