Mykel Jones blew up as a junior last fall, adding offers from college football’s elite – Oregon, Florida State, Texas, Penn State and many others. But as his somewhat quiet summer wraps up, the race for his commitment is looking like an SEC battle between in-state LSU, Alabama and Tennessee.
The three programs were the only ones to host the Patterson (La.) standout of late.
“The kid has a top three, Alabama, Tennessee and LSU’s probably third. That’s the correct statement,” Ed Jones, Mykel’s father, said Monday evening.
The Jones’ were coming off of their final trip of the summer, an unofficial visit to Alabama, the school where 2015 Patterson star Daylon Charlot has begun his freshman campaign.
“It was a pretty good trip, more of a relaxed trip, more of a one-on-one,” Jones said. “He had a chance to visit with the coaching staff as well as his former teammate Daylon. It’s always good to catch up with him and kind of gauge where he would be at in a year if he were to choose Alabama.
“Daylon is doing good, they’re kind of relaxed right now, and they caught up and played around. Just being 17 and 18-year-old kids. He got the chance to shadow him this morning to see what he does on a Monday, which was summer school, conditioning, class, everything. It was up close and personal.”
When it was time to sit down with Nick Saban, Billy Napier and the rest of the coaching staff on Monday, it was to stress how key the wide receiver could be to UA’s class of 2016 haul.
“He is a priority,” Jones said. “He brings a different type of skill-set, he’s not a traditional outside receiver, his versatility is a plus in his skill-set. He can play inside or outside, either or. With his intelligence, as far as GPA, it allows him to play multiple roles. That’s what they were talking to him about.”
Following the trip, as the Jones’ declined to name a leader despite other reports, the recruiting portion of the summer will be concluded. It’s all about Patterson High School going forward, though official visits to each program are likely before a commitment is made.
“We haven’t sat down as a family and talked about it,” Jones said. “My wife wasn’t with us this time, but she has been to Alabama in the past. We’re going to have to sit back down and talk about it as a family. We’ve got to talk about his graduating early, which he has the option of doing, that would speed up the process. We just don’t know at this time.
“But a decision won’t be in the immediate future, I can tell you that. The list is down to three, it’s a finalists list. Alabama is in very good position right now.”
Jones is currently tabbed as the No. 13 wide receiver in the South region and the No. 172 prospect in the class of 2016 regardless of position.