LSU has made Edna Karr (New Orleans, La.) Magnet School a point of emphasis for the 2014 class. The Tigers had already offered three prospects from the Class 4A State Champs. Gerald Willis and Devante Noil have long been main priorities for the coaching staff, and Donnie Alexander became LSU's fifth commit last Saturday.
On Thursday, TE Anthony Jones was able to add his name to that list when Frank Wilson called him to extend an offer.
"I talked to Coach Frank [Thursday] morning," Jones said. "He told me he wants me to come up there and enjoy myself on a full scholarship. I also talked to the tight end coach [Steve Ensminger] and the offensive coordinator [Cam Cameron]…
"I was very grateful and happy that they offered me," Jones continued. "I've been working hard to get it."
With so many Edna Karr players on LSU's radar, Jones said he and the others can't ignore the possibility of them all becoming Tigers.
"Yeah we talk a lot about it," Jones said. "It's a good feeling that one day we could all play at the same college and compete against each other."
When Jones received his offer, he had the opportunity to talk with the offensive coaches about what his role would be in Cameron's new offense. With LSU targeting athletic, pass-catching TEs, Jones said he sees himself as a perfect fit for what LSU plans to run.
"They said they want to start running an up-tempo offense, with a flex tight end," Jones said. "[Ensminger] said he likes to use flexed out tight ends, so he thinks that's going to be in the majority of the offense now…
"I feel that fits me great because I'm a flexed out tight end [at Karr]," he continued. "I can get vertical up the field. I have a lot of size and I like to get upfield…I've got a lot of upside. I've got soft hands and I can cause a lot of mismatches on the field. I feel like I'm a deep threat."
Jones said he likes what he's heard in his discussions with Cameron, who was introduced as the new offensive coordinator two weeks ago.
"I think he's a great coach," Jones said. "He knows what he's doing. He's going to push forward with the offense. He's going to make it a great up-tempo offense…I think he's a pretty straight guy."
Jones said he hasn't been to LSU's campus since the fall, but he will make the trip to Baton Rouge on Saturday. The recruiting process may not last long, as Jones said he'd like to have a commitment made by the end of the spring.
As for what else he likes about LSU…
"They have a winning tradition," Jones said. "They always going to be competing for national championships. I love that…It's a wild atmosphere. I love it. I feel at home when I go there. I think it's the best place to be."
Jones said he measures 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, and has been clocked with a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. That blend of size and speed should make him a difficult cover for opposing defenses on the next level.
He also had the benefit of playing behind someone who's already enrolled at a BCS school. Former Karr TE Standish Dobard is now at Miami, and Jones said he served as a great player to model his game after.
"I learned a lot from Standish," Jones said. "He taught me how to get off a jam, get my hand in the dirt. He taught me how to be physical and how to finish. He just told me to keep working hard."
Jones another Cougar on LSU's radar
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