Hootie will make his own decision

Though close friend Cameron Robinson just made his commitment to Alabama, Laurence "Hootie" Jones isn't close to doing the same. Though their finalists are the same, Hootie isn't ready to name a leader between the two.

WEST MONROE, La.Laurence Jones may have just watched one of his best friends make a commitment, but that doesn't mean the four-star safety is any closer to his decision.

"Hootie" Jones said Wednesday he's still taking time with the process, and that Cameron Robinson's commitment to Alabama won't influence his timetable. Even though many speculate the two will attend the same college, Jones said he'll be making his own decision.

The two do have the same finalists — LSU and Alabama — but Robinson's pledge doesn't tip the scales in the Tide's favor for Jones.

"It hasn't moved in my book," Jones said. "I'm still 50/50."

Jones said he respected Robinson's decision to attend Alabama, and although the five-star lineman will certainly recruit his close friend, Jones won't feel the pressure to follow in his footsteps.

"I'm happy for him," Jones said. "I just hope I make the right decision for myself. Regardless, we'll both be happy for each other."

Jones said he hasn't thought much about any visit plans this fall. He hasn't scheduled any trips for certain yet, but he said he'll probably take most of his official visits during the season. Atop his list is the game between the Tide and Tigers on Nov. 9.

Right now, he said he can't name a leader between those two schools.

"Wherever I feel like home is," Jones said. "I just want to see who I get closer to before I make my decision."

At the forefront of Jones' mind is helping his Neville Tigers return to the state championship for the fourth time in the last five years. They got off to a good start, dominating Robinson's West Monroe team in a jamboree last weekend.

"I'm just trying to win a championship," Jones said. "It's always good when I beat my friend, but we wish them good luck and I hope they play well. We're all just trying to get a championship."

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