2012 Intro: Deion Jones

Louisiana has no shortage of linebackers for 2012, and Jesuit standout Deion Jones – a two-sport star for the Blue Jays - is another name for college football fans to keep an eye on.

Deion Jones Profile

Jesuit’s football season ended in Week 13 with a 28-11 loss to West Monroe in the State Quarterfinals.

Junior linebacker Deion “Debo” Jones joined defensive back Bobby Dunn as the leaders on the Blue Jays defense, both earning All-State honors in Class 5A. Jones finished the season with 118 tackles, four for a loss, and two sacks.

As coaches invite prospects in for Junior Day activities and prepare for their spring evaluations on the road, Jones is anxious for his process to begin picking up steam.

“So far all I have been able to do is talk with coaches and get stuff in the mail,” said Jones. “We had football into the playoffs, then I went straight into basketball and we just finished up. I was just trying to stay focused on that and not look at any of the college stuff yet.

“With spring football right around the corner, I want to get to a couple of places for a visit. I could end up going and seeing some teams practice. It just depends on our schedule over here.”

At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Jones said colleges have expressed interest in his abilities at middle linebacker. While the offers haven’t started to roll in, Jones is confident that the dominos will soon begin to fall.

“I am hearing the most from Alabama, Texas A&M, Southern Miss and Arizona,” he said. “I’ve gotten some mail and stuff from LSU, but I haven’t set up a visit or anything yet.

“I’ve seen the campus a bunch so I know what to expect, but I have never been to a game at Tiger Stadium. That is what I’m most excited about when I take visits next fall. I went to Alabama last year and watched the Florida game, and that was crazy. I will probably get back there again.”

While he will take an open-minded approach into his recruitment process, Jones admits that he grew up in purple and gold.

“I’ve liked LSU since I was five years old,” he said. “You live here and it’s everywhere, so we would watch them on T.V. all the time. To get an offer from them would be crazy. I’m excited about getting into camp and impressing some coaches.

“My coach told me to go to about three or four camps, as long as they don’t interfere with our summer workouts. I will be at LSU, Alabama and probably Southern Miss. I’m not sure where else.”

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