Louisiana has been awfully kind to LSU linebackers coach John Chavis, delivering a crop of talent at a position typically shallow in the Bayou State.
LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson grabbed Thibodaux middle linebacker Trey Granier first, and by the beginning of April he had added West St. John’s Ronnie Feist and Breaux Bridge’s Lamar Louis to the commitment list.
With 15 total commits and six (give or take) slots to fill, where does LSU go next?
The latest development at linebacker came from Patterson, La., an area that Wilson spearheads LSU’s recruiting efforts. Lorenzo Phillips, the nation’s No. 18 ranked outside linebackers, decided to end his recruitment for a second time, this time giving his verbal pledge to Florida.
Depending on how the dominos fall moving forward, the move could open the door for other linebackers in state – namely a prospect like Jesuit’s Deion Jones.
Jones, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder with 4.45 speed, has already garnered plenty of attention on the recruiting trail. Approaching 20 scholarship offers, the rising senior is hearing from nearly every major conference.
“Nebraska, Kansas State, and Kansas are the latest schools to come through with more interest and scholarships,” Jones said. “I am still open to everyone at this point. I still talk with Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, and some other SEC schools.
“I have been staying busy by doing camps in New Orleans and down at Nicholls, and next month I will make some more.”
Baton Rouge will be the destination from July 16-20, a Saturday through Wednesday stretch that will allow Jones to work out in front of the LSU staff.
“I didn’t go to the first LSU camp, but I was there for the Bayou Picnic in May, and I will be back for that next camp in July,” Jones said. “That’s the one the coaches said that they wanted to see me at.”
As for a potential offer, Jones could find himself working out at not only linebacker, but also defensive back.
“It seems like it’s one of those things where they aren’t sure where I will fit,” Jones said. “I get the feeling that they like me at linebacker and safety. A couple of teams have been saying that. I am just going to get over there and see what they say after I camp.”