Published December 2, 2013 - 11:05amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Even with Saturday’s heart-breaking loss to Auburn, the Crimson Tide are still the nation’s best program when it comes to attracting talent–and they proved it again on Monday.
Alabama snagged another big-time talent out of Louisiana in Laurence “Hootie” Jones, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound five-star safety out of Neville H.S. He made the announcement at his high school in the morning. The recruiting victory gives Alabama its 23rd commitment and strengthens its stranglehold on the nation’s top spot in the 247Sports.com composite rankings. He is the program’s fifth five-star prospect.
It was a two-team battle, between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers, and Alabama came out on top. Jones has said he was intrigued by the idea of playing for Nick Saban in the secondary, as Saban doubles as head coach and defensive backs coach.
Jones is known for his ability to handle the “center field” during pass coverage. He can hit, but he can also cover like a cornerback. He can fly, but he’s also strong. He’ll fit in well in Tuscaloosa, joining fellow Louisiana natives Cameron Robinson and Cameron Sims, who also picked Alabama earlier this year.
Next up, Alabama turns its eyes to Marlon Humphrey, Lorenzo Carter and several other top targets who are still uncommitted. Humphrey, a five-star rated Bama legacy (son of former player Bobby Humphrey) is expected to announce on national signing day, as is Carter.