Tyren Jones said if there’s a “Derrick Henry domino effect” among top running backs, he’s not going to be part of it.
Jones is arguably the state of Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at running back who committed to Alabama over UGA and Clemson last February.
Meanwhile, Derrick Henry is the running back from Yulee, Fla., who is UGA’s top-rated commitment for 2013.
Henry fueled speculation that he may flip to Alabama after making strong comments about the Crimson Tide, and then visiting with Nick Saban for a few days this past weekend. Henry officially remains committed to UGA but said on Twitter that he will “make a statement soon.”
Which leads us to back to Tyren Jones.
There are rumors that if Henry flips from UGA to Alabama, it would create a domino effect of top running backs switching schools – like you often see among QB prospects, including Jones going from Alabama to UGA.
“Yes, I’ve been hearing all that stuff, and it’s just rumors,” Jones told the AJC on Tuesday night. “People are trying to get me to go over to Georgia. I’m not worried about all the rumors. I’m 100-percent committed to Alabama.”
The 5-foot-8, 192-pound Jones went to Alabama football camp last week, worked out even though he was already committed, and met with Saban. “Coach Saban said he was happy that I worked out because some of the other recruits that showed up were just chilling,” Jones said. “He told me to keep working hard and that he’s looking forward to coaching me next year.”
When Jones was at Alabama, he also heard other recruits talking about Henry. “I don’t know his exact situation, but some kids were saying that [Henry] doesn’t care if he plays linebacker or fullback. He just wants some playing time, rather than sitting over there waiting at Georgia.”
What if Henry decides to go to Alabama to play running back? Would that make Jones have second thoughts? “I mean, I would wonder about it,” he said. “But I’m not really fazed. I’m not concerned what he does because there’s competition everywhere. If he comes to Alabama, then we’ll work hard and compete together. There’s competition at every school.”
For the record, UGA has been keeping in touch with Jones, along with Clemson, Auburn and LSU.
And Tyren’s teammate at Walton High School, offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow, recently committed to UGA and is trying to convince Jones to join him with the Bulldogs. Then again, Jones is trying to talk Kublanow into attending Alabama. “We always joke back and forth about it,” Jones said.
While Jones says he remains loyal to Alabama, he still intends to take a couple of official visits to other schools. Before Jones went public with his commitment to Alabama, he made it known to the coaches. “I told them that I plan on taking a couple of other official visits just so I can get out there and see other campuses I haven’t seen yet … they said they were fine with that,” said Jones, who hasn’t picked any schools to visit yet.
“Before I make any decision on where else I’m going to visit, I’m going to talk it over again with [Alabama] to let them know what I’m doing.”
Last year as a junior, Jones was the leading rusher in the state’s largest classification, helping Walton reach the state championship game, where it lost to Grayson.
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