Deion Jones has been sensational this year for the unbeaten Blue Jays. Opponents have universally praised Jones for his ability to stop the run and blitz the quarterback. He can drop into coverage with no problem, either; Jones is faster than most safeties.
On Friday, Jones won't likely see too many passes against a Carencro team that features the state's leading rusher, Alex Johnson.
"They're a big, powerful team," said Jones of the Bears, who were nationally-ranked by Scout for much of the season. "They run the Wing-T, if I'm not mistaken. They have a couple of key players in the backfield and some big guys. They like to pound the football."
Jones knows what Jesuit will need to do in order to knock off a Carencro team that scored 77 points in the first round vs. Natchitoches-Central.
"We have to punch them in the mouth first," he said. "They're a running team. We have to do a good job of tackling. We haven't missed many tackles this year."
Jesuit was eliminated in the 2010 quarters by West Monroe.
"We got real close last year and have hunger to go farther," said Jones. "We have a group of seniors who really take things seriously."
Jones deftly deflects praise directed at himself.
"I just show up," he said.
Nebraska defensive backs coach Corey Raymond - a Louisiana native with distinct ties to LSU - recruited Jones for the Huskers. Over the weekend, LSU joined the hunt for Jones' signature on National Signing Day with an offer.
"I'm going to wait until after the playoffs," said Jones when asked about making any potential moves with his recruitment.
LSU commit Dwayne Thomas, a four-star CB from O.P. Walker, is good friends with Jones.
"We're pretty close," said Jones of Thomas. "We played together on the park level and have kept in contact."
Fans of smash-mouth football will be in for a treat when Jones goes head-to-head with a Carencro backfield propelled by QB Jalen Nixon (6-2, 230), wingback Jaylan Rose (five TDs vs. Calvary Baptist) and Johnson (2,000-plus yard rusher).