Julio Jones, WR, 6'2, ½ 220, 4.4, FOLEY, ALABAMA:
Big receivers who can run are what every college program in the country is looking for. And when those types of receivers are as productive as Julio Jones is, then they becomes one of the top recruits in the country. Last season Jones made every catch imaginable hauling in 75 passes for 1,301 yards and 21 touchdowns. That is despite being double-covered on every single pass route. Jones also started as a sophomore catching 72 passes and reached the end zone 15 times.
Jones puts on a show at every clinic and at this point he is regarded either as the one of the top five receivers in the country. And if you watch his film you realize that his potential is unlimited.
"When I read or hear that stuff that makes me feel great," said Jones. "At the same time, I just have to keep working hard to make sure that I stay up on top. I try to go out and work harder than everybody else. There are a lot of receivers out there who are as good or better athletes than me, but if I outwork them then I am going to be a better player than them. I am going to work so hard that I don't have to take a break and never have to take a play of."
Before his tenth-grade year, Jones attended the LSU combine and was the talk of the camp. Since then, Jones has been on the recruiting radar of a number of schools and this weekend he took in Junior Day at OU.
"It was a great visit," said Jones. "I got to meet the coaching staff and stuff, and I got to tour the facilities. I really like the facilities that they have. I really enjoyed talking to Coach (Bob) Stoops and his staff. I didn't realize that he had won so many games or that Oklahoma has won so many games.
"He showed us a trophy case that had about 13 rings in it and all those watches in it from the Rose Bowl and all those other bowl games. So Oklahoma has been real successful since Coach Stoops has been at OU. They have the most wins of any team over the last eight years."
So just how does as player from Foley, Ala. get interested in OU?
"I am open to any college. Whoever wants me to visit, I am going to visit," said Jones. "I am going to see what is there for me. I have been to three Junior Day's — Oklahoma, Alabama and Auburn."
Jones had a chance to do a quick study of the Sooner offense and their passing game taking in a practice while in Norman.
"They spread the ball around a lot," said Jones. "Coach (Kevin) Sumlin was telling me that they spread the ball around. I don't really like college football, I always watch and study NFL football. So I really didn't know what kind of offense OU was running.
"He was telling me how they spread the ball around and throw to a lot of different receivers. They always look for the receiver who is open. I want to go to a school that likes to spread the ball around a lot. And I know they (Oklahoma) are putting wide receivers into the NFL."
Jones had 17 offers by the end of his junior year, but admits that he doesn't worry about recruiting much.
"I try not to pay much attention to it," said Jones. "My coaches take care of all of that. I haven't been thinking about favorites, or who is leading or a top five or anything like that. I am just open to anybody right now and just trying to take visits to schools that want me to visit. I am just trying to stay open-minded at this point. The 13th of this month I am going to Florida and then on the 24th I am going to Florida State. I liked my visit to Oklahoma and I look forward to talking to them in the future."
Jones is an outstanding track athlete as he has jumped 6'8 in the high jump, 47'5 in the triple jump and 23'5 in the long jump. He won the state championship in the triple jump and long jump and is also getting offers in track. However, he wants to play football and possibly double in track after his sophomore year.
Jones says he has qualified.
Recruiting: Alabama WR attends Junior Day
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