Recruit Spotlight – Juilio Jones

I thought I would try to spotlight a recruit a week, why not the first one be the #1 ranked recruit in the country rated by ESPN.  Juilio Jones or “JJ” would be a awesome addition to the Tigers, providing speed and size at a position which I personally think we are the weakest at.  How would you love to hear, “BURNS TO JONES FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!” for years to come?

Julio Jones
WR | 6’4″ 215Hometown: Foley, AL
School: Foley High School
Region: South

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ESPN150 Rank: #1
Status: Undeclared

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Last Updated: 11/30/2007 Data provided by Scouts, Inc.

Scouts Grade: 95
Position Rank: WR #1
Considering: 1-Alabama , 2-Florida State , 3-Auburn , 4-LSU , 5-Florida

Evaluation: This guy is a unique, rare prospect for the wide receiver position with his supreme blend of size, power, speed and agility. He reminds us of a high school version of Michael Irvin, but at this stage Jones is more explosive and faster. He has great speed and displays excellent foot quickness for a big receiver. He is tough to jam coming off the line because of his quickness, long arms and elusiveness. He is a vertical threat because of his size and reaches top speed in a hurry for his size. He can outjump anybody on the field because of his size and leaping ability. He is one of the best in this class in terms of adjusting his angle downfield on deep throws. Body control is outstanding. He is a smooth athlete that shows excellent concentration to make plays in a crowd. He will go over the middle, and after the catch he is the most difficult receiver to tackle that we have seen. He flashes elusiveness with the ball in his hands and shows a mean stiff arm in the open field. He is an excellent route runner. He will use his size and strength to separate from tight man coverage. He shows very good quickness getting out of his breaks. For a big receiver, he is smooth and fluid and does not waste motion on routes or double moves. He is a devastating physical blocker with a massive wingspan and will wall off and shield defenders from getting to the ball. He is excellent in the red zone. He puts a lot of pressure on a secondary down inside the 10-yard line because of his ability to make plays on jump-ball throws in the corner of the end zone. This player has very few weaknesses in terms of physical tools and in our opinion could make an impact right away. Jones may be the most sought after receiver since Class of ’06 WR Percy Harvin.Notes: 2007: Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year. 68 receptions for 1,179 yards (17.3 average) and 16 touchdowns. 2006: 72 receptions for more than 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns… First team All-State… State long jump champ with a mark of 23 feet, 8 1/2 inches… Press-Register’s track athlete of the year. 2006 LSU Nike combine numbers: 4.56-40, 4.69 shuttle, 39-inch vertical, 13 bench reps. 2005: Caught 51 passes for 805 yards (15.8 average) and eight touchdowns… Max bench 305, squats 505, power cleaned 315 as a sophomore. Also interested in Miami, Oklahoma, Mississippi, West Virginia…

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