With the recruiting pressure being intensified this week as coaches and prospects head down the stretch, Jones (6-2, 190, 4.6) said he has been feeling the pressure from two ends in these closing days.
Jones, a two-time LSWA Class 5A All-State selection, has visited both of his finalists over the last two weekends. He took a trip to LSU on January 16 and followed that up with a trip to Ole Miss last weekend.
“At LSU, I like the campus, the players and the coaches,” said Jones, who recorded 80 tackles with 11 for a loss and 7 sacks during his senior season. “Being close to my family is another plus and it would be nice to stay close to home. I think I could get some reps over there early because they don’t have a lot of linebackers and coach (John) Chavis likes the way I run to the ball.
“When I went to Ole Miss I thought their campus was pretty nice and the players I met seemed pretty cool too,” he said. “I could play pretty early because they have six linebackers and only one starter coming back then another one is moving to safety.”
LSU head coach Les Miles and Chavis was in Sulphur on Monday for his one and only in-home visit while Ole Miss secondary coach Kirk Dameron was in town on Tuesday. Both sets of coaches let the three-star linebacker know where he fit into their plans and wanted to make sure he knew that he was one of their few remaining targets for the 2009 class.
“Coach Miles came in and just wanted to make sure I knew how many linebackers they had and that I could play early,” Jones said. “We really just talked about how my family would be able to see me play and stuff like that. Coach (Kirk) Dameron was basically doing the same that coach Miles did as far as letting me know how bad they need me and stuff like that.”
A little over a month ago, Jones said that his decision was going to come down to which school could get him on the field the quickest.
Now, he says he needs to sit back and look at everything from academics to playing time to where he feels the most comfortable.
“I just need to look at everything now,” he said. “I need to look at everything each school has to offer.”
Note: TigerSportsDigest.com will have more on Jones in Friday’s “Tiger Wrap.”