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Jones plans to wait it out

With National signing day drawing near, Southern Lab's Chad Jones plans to do a lot of traveling in his final few weeks, wanting to get in all his official visits before he commits.

"Right now, I'm deciding between LSU and USC," Jones told Tiger Rag, "But I am still open on Florida and Florida State. I'm going to FSU on January 12, and hopefully Florida the weekend after that."

 

Jones has already made his visit to USC, going on December 12, and will finally take his official visit to LSU on January 26, though the school will be nothing new to the star defensive back, as he has spent many weekends with the Tigers unofficially this season. He said that he is also trying to schedule a trip to Miami to round out his officials.

 

Though he did not participate in the Army All Star game, Jones did create quite a stir recently in the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl, where he recorded five tackles in limited playing time and was named the special team's player of the game as a punt returner; all with a cast on his right hand.

 

"I tore a ligament back in August and played with it all season," he said. "I just finally had the surgery on it a month ago. It shouldn't keep me down for long, though. I'll be ready for baseball season."

 

Talking baseball, the outfielder/southpaw pitcher who could be a high pick in the major league draft also shared a few words with Tiger Rag about the pastime.

 

"I haven't given too much thought to the draft," he said. "I'm going to just see what happens with it and then make a decision when it happens."

 

Coaches at both LSU and USC have agreed to let him play both sports at the collegiate level.

 

Another question Jones answered was regarding contact with Alabama and newly acquired head coach Nick Saban, who recruited Jones' brother to the Tigers a few years ago.

 

"I haven't talked to him yet, but I'm pretty sure he will be calling," Jones said of Saban. "Alabama hasn't been after me too hard before. They've called every once in a while, but that's it. It's not going to affect me too much. I don't have any thoughts about them."

 

Unfortunately for football fans, they will have to wait down to the wire for Jones' commitment to be announced, as he said he will not make it until signing day, where he will announce alongside three other athletes from Southern Lab.

Note: Chad Jones had 120 tackles, 12 interceptions (6 for scores), 3 forced fumbles and 11 offensive touchdowns as a senior. He reports a 2.5 core GPA and 24 ACT.

 

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