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Jacquez is one of the top linebackers out of the state of Alabama

Jacquez Jones out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., returned to Ole Miss earlier this spring for an unofficial visit. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker has not narrowed his list but a few schools are showing the most interest.

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"My trip to Ole Miss was really nice," Jones said. "My father and coach came with me. Everybody enjoyed it. They have a really good family environement around that program."

The Hillcrest middle linebacker had a chance to return to Ole Miss to get a better feel for the campus and staff.

"I went last year to their camp. They took us all around their campus. They couldn't show us the stadium because it was under construction. We practiced in their indoor facility and got a good look at their practice facilities, but like I said, I didn't get a chance to really look at everything. I really wanted to find out more about their academics my last trip there. I want to go into Sports Medicine. They have a very good program. I liked the way they have their academic program set up. Their guideline to getting a good degree was impressive."

Ole Miss hired a coach off of the Alabama staff that is now recruiting him.

"Coach Freddie Roach is recruiting me for Ole Miss. We have a good relationship. We talk quite frequently weekly. I've started building a good relationship with coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto as well. He was LSU's LB coach for a long time. I've been impressed with the people he helped put in the league."

Jacquez has not narrowed his list down but a few do seem to be showing him the most attention.

"Really, LSU is contacting me the most. I would put Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Maryland up there too. I stay in touch with all of those colleges on a weekly basis."

The Tigers have made him feel like a top priority.

"They just tell me how they really want me down there. I'm a top priority in their class."

Maryland has been trying to dip into the Deep South as of late.

"They tell me that I'm their top linebacker on their board, and they really want me to be a part of their class."

The Vols received an unofficial visit from Jones this spring too.

"That was my second trip to Knoxville. I brought my mother and dad with me. They play a lot of 4-2-5 with some 4-3 mixed in it. I think I'm a good fit for those schemes. Coaches (Bob) Shoop and (Tommy) Thigpen are recruiting me for Tennessee. I have a great relationship with those guys."

The hometown school, Alabama, has yet to offer, but he's hoping one comes his way.

"I like Alabama a lot because my uncle (Juwan Simpson,) played there," Jones said. "Their defense is one of the best in the country. They will always be up there on my list."

What will be the deciding factors when it does come decision time?

"The first thing is their education setup, and do they have my major? The location really doesn't matter to me. I'm just looking for a place that I can call home away from home."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at

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