November 28, 2007

Jones closes out strong season

Rivals100 offensive tackle Barrett Jones gave a dominant effort up front this season helping to lead his Memphis Evangelical Christian School team to a deep run in the playoffs. Though they couldn't make all the way to the state title game, the Crimson Tide commit said he was proud of the effort he and his teammates gave this season.

"Our ultimate goal was to win the state championship and while we fell short of that I do believe we did the best we could. We weren't always the most talented team but we played hard and gave 100 percent effort. I could never fault us for that. I enjoyed my senior season," Jones said. "In the playoffs we lost to Chris Jordan and Brentwood Academy and they were the better team. There was no doubt about it and sometimes you just lose. That's part of life but I feel we left everything we had on the field.

"Individually I just wanted to stay healthy and try to play the best I could. I believe I did that. Every week I wanted to be a little bit better than I was the week before. I got more comfortable with every game."

With his high school career behind him, Jones now turns his focus on his future team, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"I love Alabama and I'm a fan through and through. It hurt watching them struggle the way they did after the Tennessee. I'm not sure what happened but it doesn't change anything for me. I thought there would be an adjustment as there always is when there is a new coaching staff," Jones said. "The players have to understand the new way of doing things and buy completely into it. There is an adjustment period for the coaches and players. It takes time to build those connections and get on the same page.

"At Alabama everyone has such high expectations and I understand that but its not going to happen right away. Coach Saban will get the right players and turn it around. I'm glad I get to be a part of it and I believe we will be playing for a national championship in the next two or three years."

In the meantime, Jones will spend the rest of his senior year playing basketball and getting in shape to become a member of the Crimson Tide.

"I have basketaball coming up and I'm excited about that. I love hoops and I'm looking forward to the season. We are pretty good and its one of my favorite sports," Jones said. "I'll still be working out when I can but I expect to be ready for Alabama next year."

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