Could he be headed back to the bayou?

Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice safety Jonas Mouton was born and raised on the bayou and the LSU coaches are doing their best to bring him back home.

Mouton, a 6-2, 212 pound safety with 4.5 speed, spent the better part of his childhood in Kaplan, La., but moved out to Los Angeles with some of his family when he was in junior high.

Since moving out to the West coast he has made a name for himself on the gridiron and is rated the fourth best safety in the country by

Last season, Mouton was named Western League Defensive Player of the Year and earned all-state honors as a safety. He recorded 87 tackles, five interceptions and three sacks on the defensive side of the ball, and added over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving with 12 scores on offense.

Mouton says he has over 20 offers with Oklahoma, USC, Oregon, Nebraska, Michigan, California, Washington and Mississippi State being some that he rattled off the top of his head.

Has the five-star safety started narrowing things down any?

"I'm starting to narrow things down to a top five but I don't have it done yet," he said. "By the time school starts I should have it then."

When he does finalize his top five and sets up his official visits is there a good chance LSU will make the cut?

"There is a real good chance LSU is going to be in it," he said.

Mouton's dad still lives in South Louisiana along with several of his close family members and they are all doing their part to help the Tigers' cause.

"My dad is a big LSU fan but he doesn't want to put any pressure on me," said Mouton, who sports a 2.6 GPA and still needs a qualifying test score. "Pretty much the whole family talks about me coming home to play for LSU but they want it to be my decision."

LSU receivers coach and passing game coordinator Todd Monken is taking the lead role in recruiting the standout defender along with some help from Les Miles. The three have built a good relationship over the past six months and Mouton says he will keep a watchful eye on how the Tigers fare on the field in 2005.

"I like coach Miles and coach Monken a lot," he said. "I talk to them quite a bit and they both seem like good men. Coach Miles was successful at Oklahoma State and I'm anxious to see how he does in his first year at LSU but I think he is going to do good."

Mouton says all of the schools recruiting him have a lot to offer but LSU may offer the most at this point in time.

"LSU has a lot of tradition," he said. "They may have more to offer than most of the other schools because of all of the family I have close to Baton Rouge and all of the new facilities they are building."

When is comes time to make a decision does Mouton feel that LSU will be a major player for his services?

"They definitely will," he said.

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