Jones will be watching Tigers-Dogs in Atlanta

When LSU and Georgia square off in the Georgia Dome on Saturday there will be several prospects that will be keeping a close eye on the SEC Championship Game.

The Tigers and Bulldogs are both in the hunt for some of the top players in the country and one of them is Georgia's own backyard.

Reshad Jones, a 6-2, 198-pounder with 4.5 speed, is ranked the 11th best safety in the land by Scout.com.

The Atlanta-Washington product finished his senior campaign with 80 tackles and two interceptions on defense, and he added 600 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns on the other side of the ball.

LSU running backs coach Larry Porter is recruiting the standout defender for the Tigers and two weeks ago he and Jones set up his official visit to Tiger Town.

"I'm coming in on Dec. 9," Jones told Tiger Rag.

The four-star safety took an unofficial trip to check out LSU over the summer but he has a couple of things he is looking to accomplish on his official.

"I really want to get a better feel for the place and see the campus a little more," he said. "I want to meet more of the coaching staff and sit down and chat with the players a little. I want to see what they think about the place and see how I fit in with them."

Jones said he speaks to Porter at least once a week and every time they talk the topic of playing early in his career always comes up.

"He just says they are looking for me to come in and play early," Jones said. "They say I fit in well with what they like to do and that I am similar to LaRon Landry when he came out of high school. We are about the same size and do a lot of the same things."

There were plans for Jones to attend the LSU/Georgia contest this weekend but instead he will take an official visit to check out Illinois. He said he may not make it to the dome but he will be keeping up with hat is going on inside.

"I'll check it out some but I'm probably going to tape it so I can watch it when I get home," he said.

So who will he be rooting for?

"I don't know," he said with a laugh. "I just want to see a good game."

These next three weeks are going to be hectic for Jones because after his trips to Illinois and LSU he will take an official visit to Miami (12/16).

Florida, Michigan, Auburn and Oklahoma are battling for his final two slots because he does not plan on spending an official on Georgia.

Does he have a leader out of the eight schools he is still considering?

"Not yet," he said.

Where does LSU stand in the grand scheme of things?

"They're in my top three," he said.

Note: Be sure to check back on Friday for Tiger Rag's Tiger Wrap as we will have more on Jones and where LSU stands with this talented this young man.

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