Did UM Convince Jones?

Al Jones had made an early commitment to LSU but after coach Nick Saban left for the NFL, he decided to take a couple January visits to check out other options. "I just wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision," Jones said.

"I was convinced early on that LSU was the place for me but, you know, I wanted to see what else was out there just in case."

Jones, 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, visited Ole Miss and Miami in recent weeks. He returned home from Miami Sunday.

"It was a great visit," he said. "I liked it a lot. That's the first time I was ever in Miami. You can't help but love it in Miami. It's a big city like New Orleans but it's a lot different. New Orleans, a lot of it is torn down. In Miami, everything's polished. It was a really nice area. I like it here but in Miami, there's a whole lot more to do and more ways to have fun."

Jones spent most of his time in Miami hanging out with a few players from his hometown as well as a couple other defensive linemen currently on the roster.

"The players were real cool," he said. "My host was Vegas Franklin but I was chillin' with guys like Akieem Jolla, Thomas Carroll, and Baraka (Atkins). Those guys are all real cool."

Jones, who is being recruited by Curtis Johnson, met with UM head coach Larry Coker at the end of his visit.

"We were just talking," he said. "He was saying how he was glad to have me and I hope I had a good time and everything. He's a real nice guy, down to earth and everything."

When asked about the highlight of the trip, Jones said it was just getting a chance to get to know the entire football program better.

"The school was real nice," he said. "It's a smaller school so it's a good education. But the athletic program is amazing. They have a real nice weight room and meeting Coach Swasey was great. He means so much to that program and I would love to work with him. He's a really good coach."

The talented defensive end, who finished his senior season with 8 sacks in 8 games, said now that his visits are over he's arrived at a final decision.

"After taking these extra trips, I now know for sure that I'm going to LSU," he said. "I'm sticking with LSU. I really enjoyed Miami but it just wasn't enough."

Jones is a full academic qualifier.

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