Alabama Legacy Holds Several SEC Offers

Jake Jones, from Mountain Brook High School (Ala.), is one of the fastest rising prospects in the South. The 6-1, 180-pound defensive back took an official visit to LSU last weekend, and a new SEC offer has been added.

"The visit went very well," said Jake Jones. "They just got their new football facility, and it was very nice. The academic center was incredible. I really had a fun time, and I liked it a lot."

"Craig [Steltz] was my host. I liked him. He seemed like a cool guy. We didn't really do too much because he had finals, but I had a good time," Jones added.

The Tigers have not added a cornerback to the 2006 class, and coach Les Miles is pushing the Alabama native for his signature.

"The meeting with coach Miles went great," Jones said. "He told me how much they wanted me to come to LSU. They have not received a commitment from a cornerback yet, and they want to sign three."

"I liked hanging out with coach [Jimbo] Fisher as well. He and my dad are very good friends. I have known him for a long time. He definitely knows what he is talking about," Jones said.

Jones sees early playing time in Baton Rouge, but that is not the main reason he is high on the Tigers.

"I really like their defense a lot," he said. "They run a lot of different coverages. It really helps you prepare for the league if you have a good base of different types of coverages."

"Coach [Bo] Pelini told me how he thinks I would pick up on all their coverages easily. He said I am very good at processing information. I have been around football ever since I was a baby, and my dad was my football coach. That's really the big thing I like about LSU--all the different schemes."

LSU is not the only school trying to land the Alabama star. The Crimson Tide is in the mix as well. Jones is an Alabama legacy, and the Tigers will have a battle pulling him away.

"I went down on an unofficial to Alabama last weekend with Andy Davis [Tide verbal commit]," said Jones. "I talked to all the coaches. I could really see myself playing there. I plan to take an official visit to Alabama January 13."

"Coach [Mike] Shula and coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison] made an in-home visit a few weeks ago. The visit went really good. They stayed for about three hours. Coach Shula and my dad were talking about when they played at Alabama. Coach Cheese and I sat there and listened to them all night," Jones added.

Alabama and LSU are clearly the front-runners for Jones' signature with Vanderbilt close behind. Add another SEC school to the mix, and the defensive start will have plenty to think about during the dead period.

"Coach [Steve] Spurrier called last week and offered me a full scholarship," Jones said. "It's just another thing for me to think about. I don't know if I will take a visit up there or not. I have this whole time during the dead period to think about everything."

When asked a time-frame for his decision Jones replied, "I don't know yet. I might make my decision before I go on my visit to Alabama. I already know so much about Alabama that I don't feel I have to go on my official visit to learn anything new."

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