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Posted Aug 25, 2009

Harrison Jones, three-star tight end from Cordova-Evangelical Christian, Tenn., has committed to the University of Alabama. Jones talked in-depth of his decision.

Harrison Jones released the following statement late Monday night announcing his college decision.

"After a long time of prayer and careful consideration I have given my verbal commitment to Coach Nick Saban to play football at the University of Alabama," said Harrison Jones.

"Coach Saban was very encouraging and told me that I was making a great decision. He said it is an exciting time to join the program, and I will have some great years at Alabama. I will work very hard to make him glad he has given me this incredible opportunity."

"I had always planned to commit before my season started, but I didn’t know how close it would be. I told the coaches that I would tell them as soon as I knew for sure so they could adjust their plans."

"It was a very difficult decision. After some visits this summer, I knew it would be Alabama, UNC or Oklahoma."

Jones gave several reasons for committing to the University of Alabama.

"I have always been an Alabama fan, following both the football and basketball teams. I was so glad when Coach Saban became the coach at Alabama because I knew he would build a great program to put Alabama back on top like it was for so many years. He is a brilliant coach, and he has a focus and intensity that is unmatched."

"He spoke with me on many occasions about my decision. He told me that he was recruiting me because I have the tools and potential to have a successful career at Alabama."

"He would like for me to put on some weight (somewhere around 250 lbs) and be a TE/H-back. He said I have the frame, skills and athletisim to be exactly what they need."

"I really appreciate the fact that Coach Saban never pressured me to make a decision. He told me how much he wanted me to come to Alabama and how they really wanted two tight ends in this class."

"Coach Saban also stressed to me the importance of academics and character. He told me that he wants me to be a leader in these areas as well."

"I have visited Alabama many times. I have camped at Alabama, and I went to most of the games last year. There is a certain excitement at Alabama games that makes them so intense and interesting. I know almost all of the coaches, and they have been great to me when I visit."

"I really like the tight ends' coach (Coach Williams) and the guys that play the position now. Many of the tight ends, such as Preston Dial, Colin Peak, and Brad Smelley, have talked to me about the program and encouraged me to join them there."

"Coach (Curt) Cignetti has also helped me make my decision by recruiting me and spending time with me on my visits."

Jones talked about the strong support system behind his decision.

"My dad has been great to take me to visit many schools," Jones explained. "He told me that he knows how difficult it is to play a college sport and that is why I needed to make my own decision."

"When it gets really hard, I need to know that it was my choice. My parents said they would support me in my decision and do everything possible to help me accomplish my goals."

"My high school school coach, Jim Heinz, has been very encouraging and helpful. He is a great mentor and role model for me and has taught me a lot about football, having a competitive spirit and being a Christian. I have loved playing for him, and I am looking forward to a great senior year with him."

"I am very excited that I will be able to play on the team with my brother, Barrett. He has been very supportive through this process and told me many times that he would love for me to join him at Bama, but he wanted me to find the best place for me."

"The night before I committed, I called him and talked to him about it again. He was happy that I finally came to the “right” decision. I am looking forward to being part of such a great football program and being on a team that has a chance to play for a National Championship one day."

Jones talked about the other schools in pursuit for his signature before commiting to Alabama.

"I had a chance to visit Oklahoma with my dad, and I was very impressed," he said. "The offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson, showed me film of their offense, and I was blown away. The history of Oklahoma was very evident, and I understand why it has a great program."

"I visited the University of North Carolina several times and really loved the campus, coaches and the atmosphere. Last year, I went to the UNC-Notre Dame game, and it was a fantastic experience. I also camped there and went on two unofficial visits."

"Coach Mo (Modridge), the tight ends' coach, along with Coach Williams have done a great job in recruiting me. I have the ultimate respect for Coach Davis and his program at UNC. I know they will be successful, and I will always be thankful for their confidence in me."

Harrison Jones also held scholarship offers from North Carolina, Florida State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

Jones becomes the second tight end commitment for the 2010 class and the No. 21 overall prospect.

Alabama's class of 2010 commitments [click here].

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