Byran Jones, a three-star prospect and the nation’s No. 72 ranked defensive tackle, calls Louisiana home, residing in Lillie, but travels five minutes to Junction City High just across the border each day for school.
So, it is no surprise to hear two of the universities the junior tosses into his leading list.
“My top three would be LSU, Arkansas and Ole Miss,” he said. “I don’t have a favorite, but I’ve been liking LSU.”
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect’s offer sheet includes the likes of Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Baylor, Oklahoma, ULM and Auburn.
No LSU, something the junior hopes will change when he camps in Baton Rouge in July. As the 2010 class is thin on linemen, the camp may yield good news for Jones, who eclipsed 100 tackles his junior season.
With his process heating up, could the offer come that soon?
“I can’t say; I can’t say. I don’t want to count my eggs before they hatch,” he said with a laugh.
Regardless, the interest from the three-star standout’s end is there.
“The defense of LSU is key in my decision,” he said. “[LSU] has the best defense out of my choices. They also send more players to the NFL than any other school I am looking at.”
At the camp he will get the chance to interact with two of the Tiger coaching staff’s newest guys on the sideline: defensive coordinator John Chavis and defensive line coach Brick Haley.
“I think Chavis he will be a good fit,” Jones said. “I haven’t heard much about him so we’ll see how he does, but I look forward to talking to him.
“I know coach Haley has been in the NFL, so that’s a big plus,” he added. “I’m just looking forward to getting to know them better and see where I rank on their board.”
Academics remain paramount, of course.
“I’m mostly looking for how they are going to help me academically and how they are going to prepare me for life,” he said. “Academics are really big for me.”
Jones has already visited the Razorback campus and continues to talk to the staff on a regular basis.
“Arkansas has a good team,” he said. “I visited not long ago and walked around campus and met with all the coaches – even Petrino.
“I’ve had the most contact with Arkansas, but that really doesn’t matter,” he added.
The Rebels are also on his trio of top schools.
“Ole Miss performs well,” he said. “They have a great defense, and I’m going to take a visit their soon.”
Jones plans to use his five officials in the fall to Florida, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas and Oklahoma.