Adamsville (Ala.) Minor cornerback Chris Jones is fully immersed in the recruiting process, taking the necessary steps to find the school best suited to be his college home.
Jones has seen his stock steadily rise this recruiting season, scoring more than a dozen scholarship offers from some of the top programs across the country. His current top five, however, suggests a preference to stay somewhat close to home.
Tennessee, though starving for linemen, could stand to add a couple of defensive backs to this year's class, and Jones appears to be a prominent target on the coaching staff's board. He has visited Tennessee previously, but is eager to get back to learn more.
"When I went down there to the campus I went and saw the football facilities, but didn't get a chance to view the whole campus," he said. "The football facilities were great.
"Right now Tennessee is number three on my list. Communication with the coaching staff is really the biggest thing I have going with them. I haven't really gotten a chance to see everything that the campus has to offer so when I visit again this summer I'll have a better idea of where they stand."
Jones says he's still recovering from a hyper-extended thumb he suffered last season. He reports a 265-pound bench, 415 squat and 36-inch vertical. He finished his junior season with 65 tackles and seven interceptions.
"I'm quick and I have good ball awareness," he said. "I can go up and down the field and have great conditioning. I play loose and I'm very versatile. I like to hit, too, and I think I'm pretty tough."
Though not a midterm enrollee, Jones says he's on track to qualify with a 3.0 GPA.