In the season opener, ESPN 150 running back Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) had what can be considered the top performance in the five-game Corky Kell Classic event, carrying the ball 30 times for 302 yards and five touchdowns. Only one other running back, Mike Boydston, had ever topped the 300-yard mark in school history. A week later, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound tailback did it yet again.
Against McEachern, Jones had an astounding 47 carries for 334 yards and four touchdowns. He had 336 before his last carry, which appeared to be a two-yard loss. It was reported as a school record by the television station covering the game, but online reports have Boydston with 335 yards in a 2008 win over Alpharetta. Regardless, it was a monster performance by Jones, who now has 78 carries for 639 yards and nine touchdowns through two games. His coach, Rocky Hidalgo, praised his star running back.
"He is everything you wants as a player," Hidalgo said. "On top of that he is tough as nails, a competitor, and a great locker room presence. We have had a bunch of great kids come through here and have a bunch right now, but I have never been around anyone whose talent warranted all of those attributes as he does."
Word got out to other recruits about Jones' performance, including another prominent Peach State standout.
Said ESPN 150 defensive back Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), a University of Georgia commitment: "His stats are ridiculous. He will play as a freshman. I'll be glad to have him on my team."
After the game, Jones was unaware of how well he did, but said he was ready to touch the ball as many times as his team needed.
"I prepared for the workload in the offseason," Jones said. "It feels good now to know I had that many yards, but during the game I do not think about things like that. I just try to help my team win. I give all the credit to my offensive line."
One of his offensive linemen is ESPN 300 prospect Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton), and the 6-foot-3 292-pound prospect told Jones before the season he would make sure to help him secure the school rushing record. He was proud of his teammate's performance on Friday.
"Tyren Jones is the best player in the country," Kublanow said.
Another goal for Kublanow was to get Jones to Georgia on a visit in hopes of convincing the four-star running back to consider switching his commitment to the Bulldogs. Kublanow was successful in getting Jones to visit early in August, and it looks like he will get a second crack at spending time in Athens with Jones.
"I plan to go to all of Alabama's home games, but nothing is for sure right now," Jones said. "I know I am going to officials at Alabama and Georgia, but other than that I cannot really say."
Jones has been committed to Alabama since February and is one of two ESPN 150 running backs committed to the Tide, Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock) being the other. Alabama is in the lead for another ESPN 150 prospect in Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), who is set to announce his decision Sept. 28, and in the top two for ESPN 150 tailback Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross).