Mobile, Ala.--Julio Jones was held out of Friday's practice due to a toe problem, but the wide receiver from Foley High School says he should be ready to go for Monday night's all-star game.
Jones, a heavily recruited prospect, will join his Alabama teammates for the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game. Traditionally a summer showdown, the contest was moved up to immediately follow the football state playoffs and will be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Monday.
"It is just a long time thing I have had since the start of the season," Jones says of the toe problem that kept him on the sideline during practice.
The Alabama all-stars are expected to throw the football a good bit and the heavily recruited Jones is expected to get plenty of chances to make a catch. He notes he is looking forward to the competition.
"I think we have a pretty good team," Jones says. "Everybody came together pretty quick."
Commenting on Trotter, the Auburn verbal commitment who led Briarwood to the state 5A championship game, Jones says, "His strength is throwing the football. He throws a good deep ball."
Julio Jones is shown at Friday's all-star practice at Murphy High School in Mobile.
Although he lives not far from Mobile, Jones says that he didn't grow up watching the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game like many young football players in the area have done. "I really didn't know too much about this game, but it is a good experience to go through," he says.
Jones has not been giving many clues this fall on where he plans to play his college football. That is still the case even though signing day is not far away.
"Recruiting is going pretty good," Jones says. "Me and my coach are going to take several visits together. We are going to sit down and talk about where we are going to go. Right now I haven't decided where I am going to visit. I am still wide open."
Asked if Auburn is one of the schools he is interested in he says, "Yes, sir, I am still wide open."
Julio Jones Practice Video-