Laurence Jones camps with LSU

Defending Class 4A state champ Neville (Monroe, La.) has an elite 2013 prospect -- four-star (WR/S/QB) John Diarse -- committed to LSU. Diarse was joined at LSU camp by 2014 teammate Laurence Jones (6-2, 215), a physical CB who has a ton of offers. Get the post-camp reaction from Jones inside.

Laurence Jones played a huge role in Neville's perfect 2011 season, helping the Tigers to their second Class 4A title in three years.

Jones was at LSU for the Tigers' football camp this week, and he talked about it.

"It was fun," he began. "There were a lot of good athletes there. The 'opportunity period' (elite one-on-one competition) was fun. I saw some good receivers.

"Honestly, the guy from Barbe (2014 Trey Quinn, who was offered by LSU on Wednesday) was the best receiver there. I got to hold (cover) him four times: the first time he caught it; the second time I intercepted it; the third time I locked him down; and he caught the fourth."

Jones, who reports offers from the likes of LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon, Stanford, Oklahoma and Texas, talked about interacting with Tigers' secondary coach Corey Raymond.

"He told me some stuff I need to work on," said Jones. "He said he'd love to coach me. He gave me good advice on football. He said I need to keep improving my footwork - and my breaks on the ball."

Jones was joined at LSU by teammate John Diarse, a four-year starter at Neville. A four-star safety, Diarse is head coach Mickey McCarty's starting quarterback, and he also plays in the defensive backfield at times with Jones.

"John was telling me how much fun he was having at the camp," said Jones. "He told me how well I was doing, and he also told me what I need to work on. He lets me know if I'm doing bad."

Jones hasn't done much wrong during his prep career at Neville. Last year, he had sensational back-to-back performances in the semifinals vs. Breaux Bridge (where he was assigned to shadow current LSU WR Travin Dural) and in the finals vs. Edna Karr.

"My main goal this season is just to get another state championship," said Jones. "I'm might play on offense, too, at running back and receiver."

Jones made several big plays in the title game vs. Karr. He's a special teams weapon in the return game, as well.

He pointed out a sleeper (St. Martinville '13 CB/RB Jamiah Nelson) as another player who impressed at LSU.

"I knew him (Nelson) from a couple of other camps," said Jones.

Neville went 14-0 in 2011. The Tigers were arguably the best team in the state among all classifications. There's a good chance that Neville could face Karr again in the 2012 title game.

In last December's Neville/Karr game, Jones halted one Karr drive by stripping the football from a WR (he also recovered the fumble). Jones snuffed out another drive with a pick in his team's 27-6 win.


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