- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Germantown, Tenn., linebacker Walker Jones was back in Tuscaloosa over the weekend for Alabama’s last prospect camp of the summer. Although Jones already has an offer from the Crimson Tide, he still wanted to work out, get better and showcase his abilities for the coaches.
“It went really good,” Jones said of the camp. “I was with the inside linebackers, so I was with Coach [Kirby] Smart a lot, and he told me I looked really good and that I have the size and athleticism to play down there. They really want me to come, and they loved how I worked hard to recover from my shoulder surgery.”
The need for an inside linebacker became even greater on Monday when Shaun McGee chose Georgia over Alabama. UA head coach Nick Saban likes Jones at one of the middle linebacker spots but also thinks he’s versatile enough to play multiple positions.
“I had a meeting with Coach Saban today, and he said I would start off at inside linebacker where I got some work in at camp,” Jones said. “He also said I have the size to play outside linebacker and the athleticism to play H-back as well, so we’ll see.”
On the visit, Jones got a chance to hang out with his two older brothers, Barrett and Harrison, who both currently play for the Tide.
Although it’s a factor, the youngest of the three has said from the beginning that he wants to consider all of his options and enjoy the recruiting process before choosing Alabama just to follow his brothers.
“It’s definitely a plus,” Jones said. “I’m not going to say it doesn’t matter at all, but I can’t base my college decision off that.”
Before his trip to UA, the three-star linebacker was on Vanderbilt’s campus for two days. With both visits complete, Jones believes he’s closer to a decision. He’s considering Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
“I’m getting closer, probably in the next two weeks,” Jones said. “These visits really helped me. I’m going to go home, pray about it more, talk about it with my family and my coach, and hopefully make a decision soon.”
At the Tide’s camp, Jones weighed in at 238 pounds. He didn’t participate in the timed drills.
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