Coach Says Jones Not a Lock to Stay in SEC

Although Julio Jones lives in SEC country, his high school coach doesn't feel that means he's a lock to stay in the land of the Tide and Tigers, etc. Sooners Illustrated talked with the nation's top wide receiver's high school coach to get his view on the Sooners' chances of landing Jones.

Julio Jones lives in the belly of the Southeastern Conference; in a state where you're either Auburn, Alabama or foreign.

Still, that doesn't mean the nation's top wide receiver is a lock to stay in state, or even in conference.

At least that's the impression his high school coach gets.

"There's definitely a lot of pressure to stay around here, but Julio walks to the beat of his own drummer," said Foley (Ala.) High School head coach Todd Watson. has Jones and teammate Robert Lester, a University of Alabama commitment at safety, scheduled for an official visit to the University of Oklahoma this weekend when the Sooners host Texas A&M.

Watson said he was unaware of the visit and Sooners Illustrated has yet been unable to confirm it with Lester and Jones, both of whom attended the Red River Shootout.

However, Watson did say he knows Oklahoma has popped up on Jones' radar.

"With the success they've had on the national level, they've certainly got his attention," Watson said.

A five-star recruit with 4.5 speed, Jones (6-4, 210) is currently the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 2 player overall in the country.

His Foley team is currently 9-0 and ranked third in Class 6A, Alabama's largest class.

As a junior, he caught 75 passes for 1,301 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Jones is scheduled to visit Alabama on Dec. 7. He's also considering offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU and USC.

Lester (6-2, 205) also has an offer from the Sooners. He was also considering Clemson, Kentucky, Marshall, Mississippi State and South Carolina before committing to the Crimson Tide.

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