September 13, 2007

Julio off to hot start

Heading into the 2007 season the goal of every Foley High School opponent was going to be to stop everyone's All-American Julio Jones, who is considered to be the nation's top wide receiver prospect. So far on the season the Lions are 2-0 and Jones is off to a hot start as expected.

"Julio has had a good year so far. We are seeing the defense that we expected to with a lot of double teams and rolling defense focused on limiting his touches. We weren't surprised by this, we saw a lot of it last year so we just ran the ball since they gave it to us," Foley head coach Todd Watson said. "We have seen a new wrinkle when they go to a three man front and that is when we can exploit the middle. With Julio we are doing the same thing this year that we did last year. We are finding ways to get him touches by putting him in motion and lining him up at different places.

"Last week he scored touchdowns on a punt return, reception and run. He had over 150 total yards. The first game his numbers weren't huge but he had seven receptions. We are 2-0 and that is more important to Julio than individual numbers."

While Jones and the offense have gotten much of the publicity at Foley the last couple of years, this season the defense is doing a good job by allowing only 24 points in the first two games.

"We start nine underclassmen on defense and they have done a good job for us this year. They are putting us in a position to win games and that is all I can ask for," Watson said. "Robert Lester has played very well. He is one of our seniors and he's been a leader and playmaker. Last week he ran a kickoff back and he also had an interception. In our first game he had 10 tackles."

On the recruiting front Jones, the nation's No. 3 overall prospect, has been quiet about his list of favorites. He's been doing his research and it looks like a final decision might not come until February.

"Julio took a lot of unofficial visit this year. He wanted to get out and see the campuses and get to know the coaches better. That was beneficial to him because he learned a lot. As far as games, he's going to those as well and just having fun," Watson said. "He's going to wait until after the season to set up his five official visits and then he will have a decision probably on signing day from what he has told us.

"At this point I don't think he has eliminated anyone but Alabama, FSU and LSU are some who have been mentioned and you can't rule out Auburn with them being an in-state school. But I think he's still pretty open over all."


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