By LARRY VAUGHT
Alabama coach Nick Saban has been finding his way to Kentucky in recent years to land big-name recruits like Damien Harris, Jed Wills and Tanner Bowles.
Now Kentucky is trying to find a way to get a big-time offensive lineman out of Alabama to verbally commit to the Cats.
Three-star offensive tackle Joshua Jones of Phoenix City made his first official visit to UK and now apparently is close to making his college choice. The 6-6, 300-pound Jones is listed as one of the top 60 tackles in America by one recruiting service.
Kentucky first-year linebacker coach Jon Sumrall is an Alabama native who also coached at Troy under former UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
Jones originally cut his scholarship offers to six — Kentucky, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Mississippi State and North Carolina State.
Getting a commitment from an out of state offensive lineman like Jones early would only give more momentum to what has been a fabulous start to UK’s 2020 recruiting class already.