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Friends Shane Buechele, Chris Owens battling for 4-star DT Kendell Jones

The Crimson Tide commit is likely to get the good news on Friday evening.

Kendell Jones
Kendell Jones
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Arlington Lamar teammates and close friends Shane Buechele and Chris Owens once expected to play together in college, but are now battling it out on social media in attempts to influence four-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones:

Buechele is a quarterback committed to the Texas Longhorns, while Owens is an offensive guard committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Those are the two teams believed to be strong contenders for Jones, who will announce his college choice between the Longhorns, Crimson Tide, Baylor Bears, LSU Tigers, and Texas A&M Aggies at Killeen Shoemaker's spring game on Friday, which begins at 6:15 p.m. CT.

Unfortunately for Buechele and Texas fans, Owens and Alabama appear to have the upper hand. Despite numerous visits to Austin over the last several years, it appears that one recent trip to Tuscaloosa in April was enough to convince Jones that his college football future is playing for head coach Nick Saban and Alabama.

Just before Jones released his top five last week, there were rumors that Jones committed to the Crimson Tide. Jones denied those rumors, but it led to some major movement in his 247Sports Crystal Ball: