Julian Jones Commits to AState

Julian Jones. That name rings a bell? "The Arkansas State coaches told me they wanted me to play wide receiver, so maybe we will have four more years of that," said Julian Jones, a high school senior at Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake who committed to the Red Wolves on Tuesday.

He is Arkansas State's 12th commitment for the 2015 class. He picked AState over offers from Wake Forest, Louisville, Marshall, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Wofford and Western Carolina.

Jones (6-foot-2.5, 200 pounds) has played all over the field for the Class 6A Lions.

"This year I am moving to wide receiver and I will play safety too," said Jones. "I played receiver as a freshman."

The past two years Jones has played some quarterback, outside linebacker and safety for the Lions, who made the state playoffs for the first time since 2009.

"I don't really have a favorite position,'' he said. "I just want to get to play and to win.

"We have a lot of really good players coming back on defense. We have a chance to be really good."

Jones came into contact with Arkansas State coaches during a spring visit and again at the Elite camp set at Hoover, Ala.

"They told me if I came to the camp in Birmingham they would offer," he said. "I really liked the coaches a lot and I liked coach (Blake) Anderson. They have won a lot of championships over there and I feel like I will get a chance to play early and play a lot there.

"Playing time was a big factor in my decision. I want to get to play early and I want to win some rings."

Jones said he also ran track on the Lions 4x100 relay.

"I run the third leg and we finished second in state,'' he said. "That is all I do. We are loaded in track."

Jones joins A-State commits defensive linemen Javier Carbonell of Bentonville, Ray Rudolph of Kilgore (Texas) College, Elontae Batemen of Memphis Ridgeway and Donovan Ransom of Garland, Texas; safety- linebacker Dre Greenlaw of Fayetteville, tight end Mikhail Jacobs of New Orleans Landry-Walker, receivers Jaylon Marshall and Darveon Brown of Warren, quarterback D.J. Pearson of Duluth (Ga.) Northview and running back Earl Harrison of Ridgeway.
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