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Alabama latest to offer Jelks

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Henry County (Tenn.) junior offensive tackle Andrew Jelks detailed two significant developments with regards to his recruitment Tuesday.
The first: Alabama offered.
The second: He no longer has a top three.
According to the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder, Tide assistant Mike Groh attended one of his practices last Friday. Tuesday at school, he was pulled from class by his coach at Henry County.
"He came up to me and said, 'You need to call [Alabama coach Nick] Saban," Jelks recalled. "I went in and called and talked to him for a minute. That's when he offered a scholarship. He said he just loved everything about me. He said he could see me playing at Alabama and that he had big plans for me."
The offer was Jelks' 14th.
"Alabama is Alabama," Jelks said. "It's one of the top programs in the country. When you get an offer from them, you feel very privileged."
Not long ago, Jelks listed his leaders, in alphabetical order, as Duke, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Now, that no longer is the case.
"I've kind of taken a step back," Jelks said. "I don't have any leaders right now. I'm going to look at all the schools showing interest in me, then I'm going to narrow it down this summer."
Asked whom might be next to offer, Jelks replied, "Notre Dame. They've been by and their coach said they like me a lot."
Jelks already has visited Cincinnati, Duke, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He plans to hit the road often during the summer.
"I'm going to be all over," Jelks said.
Right now, he has no timetable for making a commitment.
"I don't have a set date," Jelks said. "Whenever I feel that I'm ready, I'll make my decision."
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