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Butch Jones back in Knoxville recruiting for Tide

Butch Jones is back in Knoxville, only this time he’s recruiting for Alabama.

The former Tennessee head coach, now analyst for the Crimson Tide, was back in the Volunteer State on Thursday morning at South Doyle High School.


Jones was presumably checking in on 2020 4-star wide receiver Elijah Young, the No. 38 wideout in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.

The visit comes amidst a busy time for the Tide staff as we’ve seen Nick Saban and his assistants span the country visiting top targets and evaluating underclassmen talent during the Contact Period.

Jones came to Alabama last offseason after he was let go by UT. He’s served in an analyst role on the offensive side of the ball.

“Butch can’t coach the players,” Saban said earlier this season. “He works hard in terms of assisting our coaches in planning and preparation. Butch is a very bright guy, and he’s done a really good job of that. Basically what he does is assist Mike (Locksley) as much as possible and always gives me a little summary of things that he thinks we need to work on on offense and just from an overall view from a thousand feet type of thing, which has been very helpful.”

Earlier this season when Alabama travelled to play the Vols in Neyland Stadium, players were excited about Jones getting an opportunity to smoke a victory cigar, something the hadn’t been able to do in his time in Knoxville.

“You know, he’s never smoked the [victory] cigar before,” Tide running back Josh Jacobs said during Tennessee week. “We’re trying to make that a goal of his.”

After the Tide defeated the Vols, players even gave Jones a Gatorade bath.

I am just really pleased,” Saban said following the victory back on The Third Saturday in October. “Our guys are having a lot of fun in the locker room. It’s always good to see the players have fun. They love the tradition of this game. It was good to see Butch Jones get dumped on out there. He was happy. He has done a great job for us, and we really appreciate the things he has done for our program.

Stay tuned to BamaOnLine all week for more on where the Tide staff is expected as Alabama works to finish off its No. 1-ranked class with a bang. 

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