Jones part of stellar linebacker class

Jesuit product Deion Jones is one of several talented young linebackers looking to earn his stripes so to speak in LSU's fall camp. Jones has caught the eye of LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis who has mentioned the possibility of some early playing time for the true freshman.

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"Things have been going great," said Jones. "Everybody has been working hard and everything is coming along.

"I am just trying to work hard and get better everyday, learn more playbook and learn all of Coach Chavis' pet peeves."

Like most newcomers, Jones has at some point run afoul of the veteran coach's expectations for linebackers.

"He is big on not tackling wide, taking bad steps, not running to the ball and just not putting forth the right effort," said Jones of Chavis' bones of contention. "He expects everybody to work hard and do things the right way."

Jones is just one of several talented linebackers who inked with LSU in the 2012 signing class.

The New Orleans product reports that he is eager to grow and mature with a solid personnel grouping.

"It's real exciting," said Jones. "All of those guys are great guys. Everybody has their own personality that helps us get through the day.

"We always find ourselves laughing at each other and just learning to play with each other.

"We are all getting along good and we're forming a bond."

Jones reports that the bonding experience has not been limited to the newly signed reinforcements.

"Kevin (Minter), Tahj Jones, Lamin Barrow and really just everybody has taken me under their wing," said Jones. "They're all showing us the ropes and telling us what we need to do to be a good linebacker."

Getting adjusted to the college game has taken some time for the freshman standout, but he reports that he is a quick study.

"The main things you have to get used to are the speed of the game and all of these big bodies you have flying at you," said Jones. "It's real transition.

"In high school nobody is that big and nobody moves that fast.

"I am learning to adjust and read things better.

"I am learning how to use my hands better and just fill the holes.

"Coach Chavis is working with all of us to make us better players."

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