Ohio St. offers Louisiana 5-Star

Five-star defensive back Laurence Jones (Neville), the second-ranked junior safety in the nation, has a new written offer from Ohio State. Jones also attended the LSU/Alabama game over the weekend...

Laurence Jones grabbed a recent offer from Ohio State to accompany the list of BCS schools that previously offered.

"Ohio State sent a written letter telling me they'd like me to become a Buckeye," Jones said. "Right now no one is leading for me. I'm free; I'm open. I'm considering Ohio State; I'm considering everyone."

LSU and Alabama have both offered, and Jones was in Baton Rouge Saturday to watch the Tigers and Crimson Tide clash.

"The game was played exactly like I thought it would be played," he said. "I didn't ride to the game with (teammate and four-star LSU commit) John Diarse, but we hung out once I got there."

Jones plays cornerback for Neville, the Class 4A defending state champ, but he's projected as a safety by FOX Sports Next.

"I think it's good," he said of being one of four Louisiana 2014 five-star prospects. "I think I could stay at corner in college, but I'm not going to back down from the challenge of playing safety if that's presented to me."

Jones has a close relationship with his position coach at Neville: Chris Campbell.

"He's a real good coach," the junior said. "He's real cool. We talk a lot about football."

At the moment Jones' undivided attention lies with the Louisiana 4A playoff bracket - where his Tigers are seeded first.

Neville (9-0), which has won two of the last three 4A state titles, welcomes No. 32 St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles) to town this Friday in a first-round game.

"We just need to keep playing together as a team," Jones said. "We would like to play Karr again in the finals if both teams get there, and I know they want to play us."

Edna Karr, which features five-star Gerald Willis and four-stars Devante Noil, Standish Dobard (Miami commit) and Noel Ellis (Texas A&M commit), is also undefeated. Karr lost to Neville in last year's 4A title game.

Neville is located in Monroe, the largest city in the northeast region of Louisiana, or "NELA." That area of the state - sparsely populated as a whole - turns out an alarming amount of football talent.

Ohio State doesn't recruit in Louisiana often, but the Buckeyes have had success "on the bayou." RB Jonathan Wells from John Curtis Christian starred in Columbus near the turn of the century.

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