Ulric Jones, defensive lineman from Oxford, Ala., attended Alabama's first day in full pads on…
Jones Talks Recruiting, Upcoming Auburn Visit
Oxford, Ala.—A massive 6-7, 260 defensive lineman that has college coaches intrigued from coast-to-coast, Yellow Jacket standout Ulric Jones is quickly making a name for himself in the recruiting world. With coaches swarming to watch linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive back Trae Elston last season, it was hard not to notice a player of Jones' size and athleticism up front on defense. Because of that several schools have already come on board for Jones. While he said it's just an exciting time for him, he added that he's just focusing on taking care of business where it matters most and then everything else will fall into place. "It's going good and I'm hearing from really everywhere," Jones tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Anywhere you can think of I have heard from them. Right now I'm just focused on keeping my grades up so that way next year I won't have to worry about anything. "I have offers from Auburn, Alabama, South Alabama, Troy, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Idaho State," he added. "It's great to have that many options already because I'm a first-generation recruit. Nobody in my family has been through this. For it to happen to me is pretty special. God has blessed me." A visitor to Auburn several times last fall, Jones has had the Tigers high on his list for several months now. Recently he visited Alabama to check out the Crimson Tide, but he said he'll be in Auburn this weekend as the Tigers open spring practice and he's looking forward to it. "I have Auburn Saturday and I just visited Alabama on Wednesday," Jones said. "It was good. It went real good. I'm looking forward to seeing how Auburn's team is going to rebuild and how they'll be next year. My main focus will be watching the defense so I want to see how good the defense will be next year and how hard they work down there." With possible visits to LSU and Oklahoma State also in the works this spring, Jones said he's just enjoying the experience at the moment. Having the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the recruiting game from his two teammates last season, Jones said he's just along for the ride and trying not to put too much pressure on himself. "It will help me a good bit," Jones said. "Those two are great guys. They are very good players and very good athletes. To see two players like them go through it, it gave me a jump start on what I was going to face. I never knew I would face the attention they faced, but seeing them go through it showed me how to handle it." Jones is expected to be joined Saturday by teammate Racean Thomas. The 2014 prospect is expected to be one of the top players in Alabama his senior year.
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