December 7, 2007

Honors pour in for Jones

After a dominant senior season, Rivals100 offensive tackle Barrett Jones has received numerous awards and honors from both local and national organizations. The latest honor bestowed upon the 6-foot-5, 271-pound Alabama commit was an invitation to the US Army All-American game in San Antonio.

"My coach got a call today and told me that I had been selected for the Army All-American game. I was super excited because that has always been a dream for me. I wanted to play in the Army game for a long time and I'm honored to get the chance," Jones said. "I'm really excited because everyone there is the best and I'm honored I get a chance to play with them and carry on the legacy that the others have left behind. It's a great opportunity for me. It's a big accomplishment and I was very happy when I found out."

Jones grew even more excited about his invitation when he learned that fellow Tide commitment Star Jackson had also recently received an invitation to play quarterback for the East squad.

"That's great, I didn't even know that but it will be a good opportunity for me to get to know him better. I don't know him at all right now but we'll get a week to spend together," Jones said. "I know he's a great quarterback and it will be fun working with him like I will be doing at Alabama."

Jones won't be a part of this weekend's big official visitor weekend due to a scheduling conflict but the four-star tackle said he plans on visiting Tuscaloosa on January 11 along with a number of other Tide targets.

"I didn't know this was going to be the big visitor weekend or I would have been there. I had previously made other plans at a school function and I couldn't get out of them. I hate I'm going to miss it. Sounds like a lot of the good guys are coming," Jones said. "I will probably be coming in on January 11 now. There are supposed to be some good players in that weekend too. I'm curious to see how everything is going to turn out with this class. We could finish very strong.

"I don't know many of the commitments, not like I want to. Earlier this week I saw Don'ta Hightower at an awards banquet and I was happy to see him. It was the first time I've talked to him since him he committed. I told him we need to get together and get Chris Jordan over there with us."

With his senior football season behind him, Jones has now turned his attention to his other great love, basketball.

"Basketball it in full swing. I'm mostly focused on that. We played in a tough tournament in Missouri and lost a couple of games but otherwise we are doing okay," Jones said. "I'm averaging about 15 points a game and 10 rebounds. I'm having fun with it."

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