The state’s No. 1-ranked football recruit in the Class of 2020 has suffered an injury setback.
Jayson Jones, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive lineman from Calera who has already committed to Alabama, suffered a torn knee ligament last month during a weightlifting session and underwent surgery Friday to repair the damage. He shared a post-operative photo of his leg on Twitter.
The good news, Jones said, is doctors believe he has ample time to rehab the injury and be ready to play his senior season when it begins in August.
“They said I’ll be able to play my senior season,” Jones said. “The average person takes six months. The fastest you can heal is four months. … They said my ACL should be even stronger. The only thing I’ll have to do is wear a brace and I’ll be perfectly fine.”
Depending on how quickly he recovers, Jones may miss spring practice as a precaution.
Jones said he suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly while deadlifting during a routine weight-lifting session.
“I heard pop noise. At first, I didn’t think much about it, but then later on I was like, ‘Man, it really hurts,'” he said.
Later that night, he said he noticed he was “having trouble walking,” and that’s when he understood he likely had a serious injury. An MRI confirmed the torn knee ligament the next day.
Jones said Alabama’s coaching staff, including Nick Saban, knows about his injury.
“They all said it’s a minor setback,” Jones said.
Jones is rated a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite rankings for the Class of 2020. He’s also ranked No. 47 nationally and No. 2 among defensive tackles.
Alabama currently has 11 committed players in the Class of 2020, and Jones is the second-highest ranked commitment. Alabama’s Class of 2020 features five in-state players — Jones, Hueytown running back Roydell Williams, Hewitt-Trussville receiver Dazalin Worsham, Hewitt-Trussville defensive back Malachi Moore and Muscle Shoals linebacker Jackson Bratton.
AL.com Managing Producer Matt Scalici contributed to this report.