A big thumbs up

There were several high-profile unofficial visitors on the LSU campus this weekend and one of the big names on the board that was on hand is Scout.com 4-star linebacker Jarvis Jones of Columbus (Ga.) Carver.

Jones, who is rated the 3rd best strong side linebacker in the land, arrived in Baton Rouge on Friday evening around 6 o’clock with his mother since Carver played on Thursday night.


They went straight over to the hotel to meet up with the players and coaches then spent the early part of the day on Saturday taking the tour of the facilities and doing the usual recruiting stuff.


After that it was off to the stadium where Jones got to see Tiger Stadium in a way that he had never seen it before.


“That was a great atmosphere and the fans were great,” said Jones, who spent five days in Baton Rouge for camp in July. “It couldn’t have been a better game. I wish they would have won, but you couldn’t ask for a better game or atmosphere.”


Jarvis Jones is one of LSU’s top targets for 2009


Jones (6-4, 220, 4.5) said that he will be making a return trip to Baton Rouge in January for his official visit, but no date has been set up yet.


When he does return one of the things Jones will be focusing on is the relationship that he has with the coaches and players which is already strong in his mind.


“I think LSU is a great place and I really like the players and coaches,” he said. “I’ve gotten to know coach Peveto and coach Miles pretty well and I like what they’re telling me. I can go in and compete for some early playing time and as far as the school itself I like that a lot too.”


Some other relationships that Jones had been building were with some of LSU’s current commitments and recruits of interest, and this weekend they got a lot stronger.


“I spent a lot of time with Russell [Shepard], [Chris] Davenport, and some of the other guys,” Jones said. “Them guys was all cool and we had a lot of fun. We’ were all very comfortable around each other and they just kept saying that they felt like I was already there with them.”


Jones has already been on one official visit to USC (11/1) and he’s also taken in the gameday atmosphere at Georgia.


How did LSU compare and how does it stack up to those other two schools he knows a lot about?


“The atmosphere at LSU was great,” said Jones. “The schools are all different and they have their own little special way of doing things. All of them are top of the line programs with some good coaches. They’re all putting student-athletes in the league and they’re all winning a lot of ballgames.”


Jones said that he will go home and take some time away from the recruiting process to sort out his official visit list.


With one trip down to USC and five other schools vying for the other four visits in LSU, Texas, Miami, Georgia and Florida, only one thing has been decided on.


“I’ll be going back to LSU again,” he said.

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