Pro­gram adds sec­ond re­cruit to 2018 class

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports - TOM SCHAD

Less than 24 hours af­ter its spring game, the Mem­phis foot­ball pro­gram wel­comed a big ad­di­tion to its 2018 re­cruit­ing class.

Ti­tus Jones, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound of­fen­sive line­man from New Or­leans, an­nounced on Twit­ter on Satur­day morn­ing that he has com­mit­ted to the Tigers. He is the sec­ond high-school player to com­mit to Mem­phis so far this spring, join­ing de­fen­sive back Alon­dras Strong of Hazel Green, Alabama.

Jones, who plays at Edna Karr High School, is a three-star prospect ac­cord­ing to 247 Sports and Ri­vals. He also re­port­edly holds of­fers from Kansas, Texas Tech, Troy and Tu­lane, among oth­ers.

Jones is sim­i­lar in build to the three of­fen­sive line­men that Mem­phis will wel­come to cam­pus this fall: Ta­nis Joseph (6-4, 290), Mikhail Hill (6-4, 315) and Obinna Eze (6-8, 283). The Tigers re­turn four starters at the po­si­tion in 2017, but ver­sa­tile vet­eran Gabe Kuhn has only one year of el­i­gi­bil­ity left while Harneet Gill, Drew Kyser and Trevon Tate will all ex­haust their el­i­gi­bil­ity af­ter the 2018 sea­son.

Jones is also the lat­est Mem­phis com­mit to come from New Or­leans, an area that coach Mike Norvell has made a pri­or­ity since be­com­ing head coach. Wide re­ceivers coach David John­son, a former high-school coach in New Or­leans, has deep ties there and leads the Tigers’ re­cruit­ing ef­forts in the re­gion.

THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

Univer­sity of Mem­phis coach Mike Norvell has put more on strength­en­ing re­cruit­ing ef­forts in New Or­leans.

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