Jack Jones Recaps Alabama Visit

Jan. 20 -- Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Jack Jones took an official visit to Alabama over the weekend and said he can definitely see himself playing for the Tide...

After earlier visiting Arizona State and Texas A&M, Scout's No. 1 rated athlete, Jack Jones checked out Alabama over the weekend.

"I had a lot of fun, it was different than what I expected," Jones said. "It's an incredible football school with great tradition. They're the national champs and there was still a ton of buzz about that while I was there. All the players were really hyped and seeing how they were was a lot of fun.

"It's a fun atmosphere and the players all welcomed me with open arms. Marlon Humphrey was my host and he was real cool. I also talked a little with Blake Barnett to see how the adjustment was for him going from California to living in the South. He said he likes it a lot there and said I would fit in well but I have to do what is best for me."

Meeting legendary head coach Nick Saban was a thrill for Jones as well.

"Man, meeting him was a blessing, that's all I can say about that," Jones said. "He's a legend and it was crazy having a conversation with him and thinking, 'I'm talking to Nick Saban right now.' During games, he's a real serious guy but off the field, he's real laid back and easy to talk with.

"I knew he would be like that because I'm the same way. During games, I'm all business but off the field, I know how to be more mellow and have a good time. He said they could really use me there and I could have the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball. He said they play true freshman at Bama if you're good enough and told me I would really fit in well there."

Jones said that will be his final visit before making a Signing Day decision.

"I'm done with trips, no more for me," Jones said. "I'm just going to take the next few weeks to think things over and then announce on Signing Day. UCLAUSC and A&M have all come to the school but I haven't had any home visits yet. It's kind of hard because my dad works nights so Sunday is really the only available time they could do that. 

"Right now, I'm still thinking things over, I don't have a top school yet. The biggest things for me will be academics, early playing time and where I can develop the most as a player and person off the field. Distance isn't really a factor for me. A school like Bama is pretty far away but if that's the best fit, then that's where I'll go."

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