Coaches from Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette were the first to warm up to Deion Jones with a scholarship, sending him into the month of May with just two offers under his belt.
As college staffs jumped into the evaluation period over the past few weeks of spring football, the Jesuit High standout’s recruitment moved into the fast lane.
Kentucky, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Houston, Tulane, FIU, Minnesota, South Alabama, and Memphis offered on the spot, while others told the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Jones that he had shot up their big board and was closing in on a scholarship.
“Alabama and LSU are the two big schools that I am waiting on, and I feel pretty good about where I am at with both schools,” Jones said. “Both coaching staffs came by this spring, and if I got offered by either one it would be tough for me to turn it away.”
LSU: “I saw coach Frank (Wilson) twice this spring. He came and watched me practice. Then the next time he came with the defensive coordinator. That time they went in and met with my coaches and watched some film on me.
“LSU is recruiting me as an outside linebacker, but they also said that I could shuffle around in camp this summer and see where I fit best. I am going to be at the Bayou Picnic in Baton Rouge on Saturday. I think after that I will know a little more.”
Alabama: “I really feel like Alabama is pretty close to offering. Burton Burns is recruiting me. He’s a pretty cool person. Alabama and coach Burns like me as a safety. If I get bigger then I can move, but their linebackers are bigger guys. I am 6-2, 200, so I would need to really bulk up. Either way, an offer from coach Nick Saban would be huge.”
Jesuit finished their spring practices last Friday, though a strained Achilles kept Jones from participating in the intra-squad scrimmage. He expects to be back to full health by the first LSU camp in June.