There are already 15 prospects rated four-stars or better, all of them rank in the top 23 of their respective positions.
Wide receiver Mykel Jones is one of those highly regarded prospects. He recognizes the talent between he and his Louisiana peers.
“It’s a real strong class,” Jones said. “People compare us to the class with Leonard Fournette and those guys. I can be an impact player, Shea Patterson can, Stephen Sullivan, Devin White. We can all be a really big class.”
LSU certainly recognizes that talent as well. The Tigers have already offered all 15 of Louisiana’s top juniors with hopes of scoring a big in-state haul. Jones has had an offer from the Tigers since the summer of 2013.
He’s built a solid relationship with those coaches, especially Adam Henry, his potential position coach.
“I talk to him a good bit,” Jones said. “He said I can fit into their offensive scheme as far as making plays inside and out. We’ve just been talking about getting me up there to Baton Rouge…I’ve got a good relationship with Coach Adam, Coach Corey Raymond and they just talk about that being my home and stuff like that.”
Jones doesn’t focus too much on his recruitment though. He and the Patterson Jacks had a slow start to the season, going 0-3. But they’ve turned it around and won two straight in advance of this weekend’s Homecoming game against Southern Lab.
“We’re just trying to get it together right now,” Jones said. “I’m just trying to become the leader on the team and pick everybody up…I think I’m doing pretty good. I’m continuing to work with my quarterback and get the ball in my hands. I’m trying to make plays for the team in order for us to win. I’m also trying to do things on defense because we’re limited on both sides of the ball.”
Jones has handled the process with a lot of maturity thus far. He’s found a good balance between keeping up with college coaches while also making sure he’s ready for his own games on Friday nights.
“It hasn’t been too much for me,” Jones said. “I just have to know when the time is right for both things. When I get home, I call coaches or I open my mail to see what’s going on. But when it’s time to prepare for a game on Friday night, that’s what I do.”
When he does talk to coaches, he most often hears from LSU, USC, Florida State, UCLA and Alabama among others. Over the summer he made a trip out West and he visited Texas with close friend Shea Patterson as well.
“We’ve become real good friends,” Jones said of he and the five-star quarterback. “We’re looking forward to going to college together. We talk every day, and hopefully we go to the LSU/Ole Miss game and LSU/Alabama game together.”
Jones isn’t at a point where he’s ready to name any leaders or narrow things down. That’ll start to happen in the spring and summer, and he’ll probably wait until after his senior season to commit.
As for what he’ll look for when he does begin to take closer looks at all these schools…
“The most important thing’s going to be the educational standards, how I’ll fit in on the roster and my ability to make plays for that school,” he said.