Atlanta S Jones could Landry's replacement

LSU has several commitments from players who could play strong safety but there is a definite need for someone to man the free safety spot when LaRon Landry moves on to the NFL. The LSU coaching staff has several players in mind and Atlanta (Ga.) Washington standout Reshad Jones (6-2, 180, 4.5) may be the top target on the board.

Jones is one of the top safeties in the South coming in at No. 12 in's ranking of the top safeties in America.

Jones earned that ranking because he covers a tremendous amount of ground in the secondary and also supports the run extremely well. Last season, he made a lot of quarterbacks miserable by picking off 10 passes and he added 71 tackles.

LSU running backs coach Larry Porter has been hot on his trail since the May evaluation period, which is when the Tigers extended an official scholarship offer.

Along with the offer from the Tigers, Jones claims to have a total offer list that runs well into the 30's.

He does not have any official visits set up yet but he said he has an idea of what campuses he will travel to.

"It will probably be Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Miami and Georgia," he said.

One thing Jones is looking for is early playing time and that is what has LSU so high on his list.

"They say they might lose their starting free safety (Landry) and that I am the type of player that could go in and contribute early," he said.

Jones got a chance to see what LSU has to offer when he scooted down to Baton Rouge over the summer for one of Les Miles' camps.

Did he like what he saw?

"They have some real nice facilities and the coaching staff was alright," he said with a laugh. "Those guys are so easy to talk to and just had a lot of fun."

Some believe that is only a matter of time until Jones gives his pledge to Georgia but as of now he is not tipping his hat.

"I'm still wide open but LSU does give me a good opportunity to play early," he said. "I'm going to take some visits and then see where I stand."

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