The Waiting Game

The summer has been slow for Byran Jones, which is just the way he likes it. Yet, when school rolls around, the rising senior will be busy once again. From Friday night football to Saturday official visits, the Arkansas standout talks over his plans.

A native of Lillie, Louisiana, Byran Jones makes the five-minute trek across the border each day to attend Junction City High in Arkansas. That leaves the big-man a product of Razorback country, but a loyalist to Tiger country.

“I have always liked LSU a lot,” he said. “I grew up a fan of the program, and I have no doubt that if the Tigers offered, I would be interested. It would be a great opportunity, because they have the aggressive defense that I am looking for. I feel like I could make an impact in purple and gold.”

Of course, the rising senior is not short on opportunities at the next level.

“Oklahoma, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and Baylor are the big schools that I am looking at which have already offered me a scholarship,” Jones said. “I am still hearing from each school a good bit, so I will be able to narrow down my choices from that list.”

With offers in from Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe, the opportunity to stay home and play ball is also available. Yet, unless the Tigers come calling, Jones said that he would likely take his talents out of state.

“I am getting pulled in a couple of directions, so I just want to let things settle in and see where all the schools stand in a few months,” he said. “I like what schools like Oklahoma and Baylor are saying, but if LSU were saying those things I would like the sound of it even more.”

While the Tiger coaches let Jones know that the quickest way to an offer would be getting down for a personal evaluation at July camp, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect will be unable to be in attendance.

“My family’s vacation fell on the week of camp, so I will not be in Baton Rouge this month,” he said. “We leave for Washington D.C. this week, and when we get back I am going to be ready to start practice with the team.

“I never really had time for college stuff this summer, mainly because I wanted to relax,” he added. “You can’t beat fishing and hunting without the pressures of your normal routine.”

With his leisure time behind him, the three-star prospect will be on board for a college tour come fall.

“I need to take my official visits, which will likely be going to the four or five schools I am deciding on,” Jones said. “I hope to have LSU in there, and Oklahoma, Arkansas and Ole Miss will be there for sure. I am in no rush, so the impression I make on the field come Friday nights will also be big.

“I am going to be trying to earn more offers all the way up until signing day, so my process is very far from over.”

Jones, who went over 100 tackles during his junior campaign last fall, is the No. 77 defensive tackle according to Scout.com.


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