Down to his final four

The safety position is an area of need for LSU as Les Miles and his staff head down the home stretch of recruiting for 2006.

There are a couple of big-time prospects on the board but the most wanted man on Miles' wish list may just be Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice standout Jonas Mouton.

Mouton, a 6-2, 212-pounder with 4.6 speed, is rated the fourth best safety in the land by and for good reason. He is very impressive once he steps on the field and he does it on both sides of the ball.

Mouton plays running back and receiver when Venice has the ball but defense is where his heart is because that is where he can lower the boom on others. Through nine games, the big-hitting safety had totaled somewhere in the neighborhood of 75-80 tackles and picked off six passes.

Mouton has taken three of his five allotted official visits with Nebraska (9/2), Michigan (9/10) and LSU (10/14) being the lucky chosen ones.

The five-star safety was born in Kaplan, La., but had not been back to South Louisiana in several years. He was in town for the Tigers' win over Florida and it brought back some fond memories from his past.

"I had a lot of fun down there," Mouton told Tiger Rag. "It was great being back around the people down there. It looked a lot different from what I remember but it was nice."

Mouton admits that he likes living on the West Coast and LSU is a long way from where he now calls home but there are many positives he sees when he looks at the program Miles inherited.

"I like the opportunity to go in and play early," said Mouton. "I've gotten to know the coaching staff real well and I really like the facilities they have. The environment is something else I like."

Mouton's father still lives in Kaplan and he has a lot of other family living in and around South Louisiana. That is something that weighs on his mind but he does not feel pressured to return back to his roots.

"My dad talks about how cool it would be to go come back home but he doesn't want to persuade me or anything," Mouton said. "He talks about the opportunities at LSU but he wants it to be my decision."

As for making a decision, Mouton said he is focused on finishing off his senior season and not worried about trying to decide where he will play his college football.

A week ago, he said he was trying to figure out if he will schedule two more official visits or if the Tigers along with USC, Michigan and Nebraska were his four finalists.

When asked if those were the four he will likely decide from he replied, "You can say that."

Is there a leader amongst those four heavyweights?

"Na," he said. "They are all even."

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