At the Columbia NIKE Camp last Friday on the campus of the University of Missouri, Memphis (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian offensive line prospect Barrett Jones showed why he's one of the top overall prospects in the state of Tennessee for the Class of 2008.
Following the event, Jones spent some time with Rivals.com to update his recruitment.
"Everything is going well with recruiting," Jones said. "I have 18 scholarship offers."
Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt are among the schools that have extended written offers to the talented Tennessean. He has a timeframe for narrowing his lengthy list.
"I hope to narrow it to five at the end of summer," Jones said.
The Gators are among the most recent offers. Jones said that he spoke with Florida head coach Urban Meyer last Thursday night for "more than 30 minutes" (Jones called Meyer) and that Meyer told him that he and five-star Mountain Brook (Ala.) tackle Tyler Love were at the top of Florida's board at his position.
Several schools, including UF, will be getting unofficial visits this summer from Jones.
"I know I am going to Florida, North Carolina and I'm going to swing through the SEC schools, like Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee," Jones said. "I also might take a trip out west and check out Stanford and UCLA."
Jones' father played basketball at Alabama, but that does not mean he's a slam dunk for the Crimson Tide.
"I am going to make my own decision," he said.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder displayed outstanding feet and athleticism and was excellent in all portions of the camp, including the one-on-one drills. He joined Rivals100 Nebraska offensive guard commit Trevor Robinson as one of the elite prospects at his position at the camp.
"It felt like things went pretty well out there," Jones said. "I went 5-0 in the one-on-ones, so that was good."
Jones, who also plays basketball for Evangelical Christian, is the top prospect in Memphis in this year's class.