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By SI Wire
July 14, 2014

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide currently have the consensus No. 1 recruiting class for the Class of 2015, and they're already getting a jump on the 2016 class after landing a verbal commitment on Sunday from one of its top defensive tackle prospects, Benito Jones out of Waynesboro, Miss, as reported by

Jones becomes the first commitment of the 2016 class for Saban and the Tide, and it shouldn't surprise anyone that he's choosing to play for the school that he called his childhood favorite. 

Well actually, it did surprise Saban a bit when Jones committed to him on campus this weekend while they were holding their prospect camp. 

"(Saban was telling me) some things about school and how to keep your grades up and how to be a leader on and off the field," Jones said. "He said to keep playing hard. "I told him I wanted to commit. He looked at me like, 'Are you playing or not?' I told him I was for real and I wanted to commit."

According to 247Sports, Jones is a four-star rated prospect and the 10th overall defensive tackle prospect in the 2016 class. He was offered by Alabama back in May, and apparently had his mind made up about attending Alabama ever since he went up there for the spring game back in April. 

"I went up there for A-Day and got to see all the stuff," Jones said. "When I was there for a campus visit, I saw a lot of stuff and it caught my eye and I liked it. I said that's the place where I belong."

MORE RECRUITING: Tennessee secures five-star DT prospect McKenzie 

Jones also held offers from Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Florida State

- Jack Jorgensen 


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