The LSU linebacking corps was a weak link in the defense a year ago, but with a new wave of linebackers on campus in August that problem has been addressed.
The future beyond the incoming class potentially got a little brighter Friday.
Melvin Jones from Marion-Washington in Lake Charles has given the LSU coaches a verbal pledge, adding one of the state's two premier linebackers from the Class of 2013 to a class that now has 17 commitments.
Jones picked the Tigers over Alabama, Texas A&M – where his father Tony Jones was a running back – TCU, Nebraska and Tennessee, among others.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Jones is ranked as the 8th best middle linebacker prospect nationally and the best in the state, slightly above Port Allen's Darian Claiborne.
As a junior, Jones pulled off a rare double and was voted the District 4-4A Offensive and Defensive MVPs after he emerged as the Chargin' Indians quarterback in the fourth game of the season. He was named Class 4A all-state and was tabbed Scout.com's Louisiana Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year.
Jones recorded 125 tackles as a junior, and he projects as either a middle linebacker or defensive end at the next level.
Attempts to reach Jones and Washington-Marion coach Eddie Harrison were unsuccessful.
Shortly after Jones received a scholarship offer from LSU, Scout.com Louisiana recruiting anaylyst Mike Coppage wrote of the two-way star "Jones plays with fire and emotion and seems to always be in the right place in pass coverage. On offense, Jones usually took the snap out of the shotgun and chose a hole to run through. When he gets to the outside carrying the football, Jones finds an extra gear and motors past many defensive backs."