Albertville (Ala.) defensive lineman Tyler Jones has been in contact with in-state powers, Alabama and Auburn, and will attend Junior Days in Auburn and Tuscaloosa this weekend.
On Saturday, Jones will be on Auburn's campus to meet with coaches. Later that night he will head over to Tuscaloosa to visit the back-to-back BCS National Champions.
Jones is a Georgia transplant, so most of his family grew up rooting for the Bulldogs. However, now that he lives in Tide-War Eagle territory it makes it hard to cheer for the 'Dawgs.
The hard-nosed defensive line stalwart has visited Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Tennessee, and Western Kentucky as an unofficial visitor last fall.
There was some staff turnover at Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Western Kentucky, so he doesn't know where he stands with them. The Vols were standing out, but after the firing of Derek Dooley he has yet to touch base with the new coaches.
Tim Horton of Auburn has been in touch with Jones and he says they are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. Jones has a brother that attends Auburn, so that could be an ideal situation for him and his family.
In 2012, he racked up 73 tackles, 23 quarterback hurries, and nine sacks while also playing tight end. He brings some versatility to the interior as he plays end in the 3-4 and slides down to tackle when his team lines up in their 4-3 defense.
He prefers defense, but some coaches are telling him his future may be on the offensive line.
"I like D-line better, but I will play where I have to play. I like guys like J.J. Watt and Jared Allen and I try to play like them," noted Jones.
This weekend will help get a better picture of his future at the next level.
Jones said, "When I go to Junior Days at Alabama and Auburn I'm going to sit down with the coaches and see where they want me. Hopefully I land an offer."