Hours after rumors that Killeen Shoemaker defensive tackle Kendell Jones committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the 6'5, 361-pounder announced his top five via Twitter:
No order My Top 5 Colleges Are Alabama Texas Baylor Texas A&M LSU— Kendell Jones Jr. (@HULKJONES50) May 15, 2015
Fans of those programs won't have long to wait until Jones make his decision, as he plans to commit on May 22 at the Shoemaker spring game.
"I was too excited to let it wait, it's time to get it out of the way," Jones told KDHPressbox.com. "I can focus on school and it's my last year so it's going to be one less thing to worry about."
Though Jones has maintained his openness, the Longhorns were perceived as the leader throughout much of his recruitment since he visited campus more than 10 times over the last several years.
However, Jones was able to take visits to Texas A&M and Alabama in April and it seems that the trip to Tuscaloosa made a big impact. Since the rumored commitment to the Crimson Tide, 13 predictions for head coach Nick Saban's program came into the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Jones:
So the odds seem high that Jones won't pick Texas a week from now, which would represent a huge loss for the Horns. It's a deep class for defensive tackles in the state, but Texas looks out of the race for Houston Westfield's Ed Oliver and may trail USC for Houston Westside's Jordan Elliott, the other two elite defensive tackles.
The staff needs to land a true impact defensive tackle in the 2016 class and that task will get much more difficult if Jones commits to Alabama next week as expected.