Jones' recruitment picking up

For weeks, it has appeared that LSU was the clear favorite for Edna Karr TE Anthony Jones. But Jones' recruitment has picked up recently, and with another program maintaining serious interest in the three-star prospect, LSU looks to have some competition for his commitment.

It's hard to consider 2014 TE Anthony Jones (Edna Karr/New Orleans) a sleeper prospect anymore.

For months only a handful of schools (including LSU) had been courting the three-star prospect — but that all changed two weeks ago.

On April 16, three schools offered Jones, including two from the SEC. Florida State, Auburn and Missouri all added their names to his offer list. Jones did say that things have slowed down a bit since then, but he still relishes the opportunity to go through this process.

Shortly after the Seminoles offered, Jones had an opportunity to go visit on April 20.

"It was more than I expected," Jones said. "I was expecting things to be hyped and a little bit rowdier. But it was really laid back…I think their offense is pretty good. They do some things that I could see myself in, but I'm looking for a little bit more. I'm trying to flex out more to be a Jimmy Graham-type guy."

His visit to Florida State was the third college campus he's been on this spring. Jones visited Texas last month, and left Austin expecting an offer. That never came and he's since eliminated the Longhorns from his list of favorites.

"I'm not really interested in Texas anymore," Jones said. "They're not showing me the attention I thought they would. I went up for their Junior Day and met with their coaches, but they aren't living up to their end of the bargain."

Florida State, on the other hand, is still in the running, but he admits that his trip to Tallahassee didn't compare to the several he's made to Baton Rouge.

"I feel like LSU has the upper-hand on [Florida State]," Jones said. "I've spent a lot more time with the coaches and I've been around LSU longer."

So does that make LSU the clear favorite for Jones' commitment? Not so fast. One other rising program has a slight lead for now, and it's a school that's been on Jones from the beginning.

"Actually my top school right now, I have to give the upper-hand to Louisville," Jones said. "They've been recruiting me the hardest and then right after them is LSU. Those are my top schools right now."

Jones hasn't visited Louisville yet, but he does hope to make it up there this summer.

"Louisville has been one of my other favorite schools compared Florida State and Texas," Jones said. "They were my first offer. I like the offense and the coaching staff. I really like the feeling I get from them and I like all the guys recruiting me."

Jones and the rest of the Edna Karr Cougars start spring practice on Monday, May 6. With the LSU staff certain to continue pressing for his commitment, how soon might that decision be made?

"I'm planning on committing after the spring," Jones said.

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