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Sunday, January 13, 2013
How firm is RB Jones to Crimson Tide?

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama hosted a large group of official visitors over the weekend, both committed and uncommitted, and in some cases, the committed prospects were just as important as those still waiting to make their decision.

One of those examples is ESPN 150 running back Tyren Jones. With speculation surrounding his recruitment, the UA coaching staff wanted to make sure he was still committed and make a good final impression on the Peach State native.

“My visit, it was great,” Jones said. “I got a chance to see a lot of players that were there, a lot of players that are committed, a lot of players that are thinking about committing. I got more in-depth with Coach [Nick] Saban and the staff. It was a good experience.

Tyren Jones
Tyren Jones enjoyed his visit to Alabama.
“I saw Altee Tenpenny, Derrick Henry -- he was down there already, he went there early. He was telling me how it is so far. Parker McLeod, the quarterback, he was telling me it’s going well. I met a couple players, Geno Smith and T.J. Yeldon.”

The weekend allowed the three incoming running backs -- Jones, Henry and Tenpenny -- a chance to spend time together and talk about the future.

“We’re pretty cool,” Jones said. “It’s just competition going in to push each other, to make each other work harder. That’s pretty much it.”

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Jones isn’t concerned about the potential depth chart at running back when he gets to Tuscaloosa. The staff had already assured him that he had nothing to worry about. If he works hard, he’ll get a chance to play.

“The last time I went up there, earlier in the year, they were telling me to not get discouraged or anything like that,” Jones said. “They just told me to come in and work, and the best man who is going to end up working hard is going to get the position.”

After the visit, Jones said he’s 100 percent with his commitment to the Crimson Tide. When other schools have called recently, he has told them all the same thing.

“I told them to respect my decision, and they know I’m 100 percent with what I’m doing.”

At this point, Jones has no plans to take any other visits.