Tennessee first to call Florida 4 Star LB

It's no secret that the University of Tennessee is in need of several linebackers in its 2010 recruiting class. One of Florida's top linebackers Christian Jones received over 12 calls on Tuesday, but it was the first one that he received that truly impressed him. Tennessee was the first school to call and currently Jones has the Vols in his top 5. Go "Inside" for the latest.

It's no secret that the University of Tennessee is in need of several linebackers in its 2010 recruiting class.

One of Florida's top linebackers Christian Jones received over 12 calls on Tuesday, but it was the first one that he received that truly impressed him.

"Tennessee was my first call around 7 a.m.," Jones told InsideTennessee.com. "It was pretty big to me that they were the first ones to call. I like Tennessee a lot."

Other schools that called include South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Rutgers, Central Florida and South Florida.

Volunteer running back coach and special team coordinator Eddie Gran was the first voice Jones heard this morning. Gran has already secured four commitments for Tennessee from the South Florida area.

"They were telling me how important I am to their recruiting class and how much they need me," Jones said. "I'm thinking about taking an official visit there, I feel pretty sure that I will."

Does Jones have an early favorite or a top five?

"Right now I would have to say Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Southern California and Alabama are my favorites right now," Jones said. "I want to learn more about the Tennessee program."

Jones is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker that plays at Winter Park High School. He is a four star prospect by Scout.com and is rated as the No. 6 linebacker in the country.

He finished his junior season with 113 tackles, 60 solo, four sacks, two forced fumble. He earned All Central Florida First Team (Orlando Sentinel) Seminole Athletic Conference Conference First Team (coaches vote), FSWA 5A All-State Honorable Mention, All-County (Seminole).

Jones father Willie Jones played football for Florida State.


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