Running back Tyren Jones, who has committed to Alabama, was diagnosed with Grade 1 MCL knee injury on Saturday and will miss at least two weeks.
The 5-foot-8, 192-pound Jones suffered the injury in the first half of Walton High School’s win over Etowah on Friday.
“It was one of those things where he got wrapped up in a pile with everybody else, and he just came down kind of funny,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo told the AJC on Saturday.
Jones, who is the leading rusher in the state’s largest classification, underwent an MRI on Saturday morning. The good news is that Jones could be back in two weeks, although he might be out longer depending on how he responds to treatment.
“Tyren is a great kid,” Hidalgo said. “Even though he got hurt, he was excited that we won, and was cheering on the other players. When DJ Smith broke the long run later in the game, Tyren was screaming ‘I taught him that move, I taught him that move.’
“Tyren has a great attitude, and he wants to be back on the field and help us win games. He was upbeat when I talked to him this morning. He said there wasn’t a lot of swelling with the knee, and that he had a full range of motion. So he’s really upbeat about everything.”
Jones, who is considered by some to be the state’s No. 1 prospect at running back, committed to Alabama over UGA. Jones has said he plans to visit some other schools, including UGA.
Walton’s coach said on Saturday that he hasn’t heard yet from Nick Saban or Alabama’s coaches yet about Jones. “They’ve got their hands full with LSU; they’ve got a lot going on with the season, and I don’t expect to hear from them anytime soon.”
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