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Monday, September 10, 2012
Tyren Jones: '100 percent committed'

By Greg Ostendorf

After racking up 679 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two games, ESPN 150 running back Tyren Jones was happy to see Walton High School have a bye week last weekend. It also gave him a chance to visit Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s home opener against Western Kentucky.

“The visit was good,” Jones said. “I talked to my coaches, and I met some more players that are going to be there when I get there. I had a good time. I knew they were going to win, but I didn’t know they were going to win by that much. It was a good game with a good atmosphere.”

As the Crimson Tide sort through injuries and figure out the rotation in the backfield, a number of running backs have seen carries this season. Before the game, the UA coaches talked to Jones about their game plan with the different backs.

“I talked to [my coach] before the game started, and he was telling me that some of the running backs were banged up, and they were just trying to get a feel for who was going to step in and take that role,” Jones said.

The Marietta, Ga., native was happy to see true freshman Kenyan Drake not only get a carry, but take it 32 yards to the house for his first career touchdown. Drake and Jones grew up in the same area.

“I was excited that he got a touchdown,” Jones said. “That’s my boy. Me and him are real, real close.”

After the visit, Jones made it clear that he’s 100 percent with his commitment to Alabama. However, he hasn’t ruled out taking his official visits and mentioned Georgia, UCLA and USC as possible destinations.

Fellow teammate and Alabama quarterback commitment Parker McLeod also visited Tuscaloosa over the weekend, but despite rumors, Walton offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow didn’t make the trip. Kublanow is committed to UGA.

This Friday, the trio will be back on the field as Walton plays at North Cobb. Jones anticipates another big game.

“I’m expecting a little over 200 yards, but other than that, I can’t really say too much,” he said.