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    Sunday, January 06, 2008

    Julio Jones On Nole List

    The Noles are still in hot pursuit for the number one ranked wide receiver in the nation, Julio Jones. The 6-4 and 212 pound receiver from Foley, Alabama is a guy that all the major schools are hoping to land on national signing on February 6.

    In yesterday's Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, Jones was fighting being double-teamed all game but managed to catch six balls for 97 yards.

    And just what kind of guy is he? “A lot of wide receivers can catch the ball and run but you’re not the only person out there. You can’t take a play off for yourself and miss a block. I just go out there and play for the guy next to me. If I have to go out there and make a block for this guy, I will but I expect the same thing in return.” Sounds like the kind of receiver that the Noles need in light of comments made in 2007 about taking plays off.

    FSU commit E. J. Manuel contacts him periodically with text messages trying to convince him to commit to the Noles but Jones has said that he will not make his decision until National Signing day.

    So what are his skills? Here is what one recruiting service has to say about Jones. "Jones has a great combination of size, speed, quickness, and athleticism. He is tough over the middle and can get behind the secondary. Jones can take the short pass and make the first defender miss or run right through him. He's so dangerous with the ball in his hands because of his sheer size, power, speed and elusiveness. Jones has very good balance and super vision. Jones is also super in the air and he has great hands."

    Jones has scheduled five official visits- they are Alabama(12/8),Florida State(1/11),Florida (1/19), Oklahoma (1/26) and Texas Tech (2/2). Whichever school he finally chooses will be one that his mother is comfortable with also. As she states, “I want them to take care of him like I take care of him at home. I don’t want him to go out and get buck wild.”

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