FOLEY, Ala. (AP) - Foley High School wide receiver Julio Jones, one of the nation's top recruits, said will play for Alabama.
The 6-foot-4, 215 Parade All-American announced his decision today in a news conference televised by ESPNU from his high school. Jones chose the Crimson Tide over Oklahoma and a host of other schools.
He was rated the nation's Number 2 prospect by ESPN while Scout.com rated him the third-best and Rivals.com had him fourth.
It was welcome news for Tide fans, some of whom chanted "Julio" during his visit for the Alabama-LSU basketball game last Saturday.
Jones was named Alabama's Mr. Football after catching 143 passes for 2,434 yards and 30 touchdowns over his last two seasons, despite missing all or part of four games with injuries as a senior.
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