Jelks has new timeline

Not that long ago, three-star offensive tackle Andrew Jelks of Paris (Tenn.) Henry County thought he'd make a commitment by the end of July.
Now, he has a new plan.
"I hoping [to have a decision by] late August or early September," Jelks told on Tuesday morning. But if I'm still not 100 percent, I may have to take more time. I wanted to make [a commitment] in July. I'm just not ready yet. I don't know everything I need to know about each school."
The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Jelks, who has more than 20 offers, is focusing on five schools - Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. In the next few weeks, Jelks will pick three of those programs to visit. He already has taken trips to each of the five.
"I'm going to take three more visits, then commit," he said. "I'm going to take visits in early August."
On Tuesday, Jelks spoke briefly about the five programs firmly in the mix.
Alabama: "Coach [Nick] Saban is one of the best coaches in the country. That is a great program; a winning program. I'd love to go there and compete for a national championship."
Mississippi: "Coach [Houston] Nutt has a great staff down there. They're trying to bring in better players to better the program. I love the campus and everything they've got."
Mississippi State: "I like Coach [Dan] Mullen. Mississippi State is one of those teams in the SEC West that is going to be very good. They're trying to bring in better players to make it keep going up."
Tennessee: "It's in my home state. I would love to play for Coach [Derek] Dooley. I've been going to games since I was a baby. The atmosphere, seeing all the orange, being able to run through that 'T' and playing in front of 100,000 - there's nothing like it."
Vanderbilt: "I like the tightness. I think the new coaching staff has brought in new energy. They're trying to build something from the ground up. They've never been on top. I'd like to be part of that. "
LSU potentially might also be a factor. Jelks is thinking about camping there this month. The Tigers have not yet offered.
"It's getting stressful for me," Jelks said. "My high school coach and my family have been helping me out tremendously."
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