2014 WR draws comparison to Julio Jones

2014 WR Demarcus Bingham looks and plays a lot like former Tide star Julio Jones (above). Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

HOOVER, Ala. -- At first glance, it looked like Julio Jones circa 2008 was competing at the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover on Friday. The guy in the No. 8 jersey for Foley High School was split wide and making catches all over the field. He even had the dreadlocks to go with it.

However, it wasn’t Julio Jones. It was 2014 wide receiver Demarcus Bingham, and it’s the not first time he has heard the comparison.

“When I hear people compare me to Julio, it’s an honor to be compared to him because he’s in the NFL now, of course, and he came out of Foley High School. But I want to be better than him,” Bingham said.

At this point, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect has no scholarship offers, but he’s receiving early interest from Alabama and LSU, as well as Kentucky, South Alabama, UAB and Texas Tech.

In June, he camped with the Crimson Tide and got to know the coaching staff a little better. They brought up Jones’ name when they talked to him, and for Bingham, it would be a dream to play for Alabama.

“They have what I want to major in, the facilities,” he said. “They have good players coming through there, and they have a winning mindset.”

Although he says he didn’t grow up a fan of the Tide, Bingham wants to try and make it every home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium this year.

The Alabama native has also been receiving a lot of interest from the Tide’s big rival, LSU.

“I haven’t visited there yet, but they’re basically saying they want me to come there,” Bingham said. “They kind of need me, just stuff like that.”

Bingham is hoping that with a strong performance at the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover this weekend, he can pick up his first offer.