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It nabbed verbal commitments from two players from Louisiana, but now Alabama has its eyes on Texas prospect Kendell Jones. Jones is listed as a four-star recruit, according to the 247 Composite rankings. He’s ranked as the No.66 prospect nationally and No.9-ranked prospect in Texas by the same site.

The 6-foot-5, 361-pound defensive tackle enters his senior year this fall at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas. Jones has narrowed his decision to five schools: Alabama, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor. He will announce his decision on May 22, 2015, during Shoemaker’s spring game.

Jones has been stellar against the run, during his two seasons at Shoemaker. He’s accounted for 53 tackles, 18 for loss and three sacks. Jones recorded 31 tackles with nine for loss as a junior in 2014. His efforts earned him first-team, all-district selection honors last season. Jones was named District 8-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 2013.

Alabama assistant coaches Kirby Smart and Bo Davis are targeting Jones for the team’s 2016 recruiting class. He’s given the nickname “Hulk” because of his size, but Jones has play making abilities to go along with it.

Stephen M. Smith is a staff writer and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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