Another Offer for a West Coast Talent: Mouton

Did recently report that Michigan recruiting on the West Coast was heating up? It appears the heat signaled a full-fledged fire as yet another California prospect recently received an offer from the Wolverines. GBW spoke Sunday with the talented player, who is close friends with a pair of Michigan players. recently reported that two Southern California prospect have received offers from Michigan. Yet another SoCal player got the word on Friday that a Wolverine scholarship was waiting for him. "Coach Ron English came out to my school on Friday," Defensive back Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., High School said. "He talked to my coach and told him I had an offer from Michigan."

The Michigan offer brings the total number of scholarships for Mouton to 13, with Mississippi State being the first to throw thier hats into the ring. "I went back to Mississippi State for their Junior Day," he said. "My top five are Michigan, Oklahoma, USC, LSU and Nebraska." Mouton added that he plans on attending camps at Texas and Nebraska.

Mouton's brother, John, recently told National Recruiting Analyst Allen Wallace that his brother favored USC. "Yeah, everyone in my family has a favorite for me," Mouton said, laughing. "I can't say I have a favorite because it is so early. There are a lot of schools with new coaching staffs, so I need to get to know them and see how things are." The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Mouton said he knows people at just about every school on his top-five list, Lawrence Johnson at USC. However, he said he is a close friend with two players already in Michigan. "Keston Cheathem and Eugene Germany and I are pretty close," he said. "As a matter of fact I just talked to Keston the other day; he is trying hard to get me to come back to Michigan." Mouton said that while he plays both ways for Venice, he would like to play on the defensive side of the ball in college.

There are a few things that the talented receiver is looking for in a school. "I'm taking a good look at the depth charts as well as how I bond with the coaches," he said. "I'm not really sure if I want to go anyplace with an extreme climate; not to hot or cold. I talked to Keston about Michigan and he said it does get cold back there and it's a little tough at first, but you get used it. I think I'll visit there sometime in January to see what it's like."

Mouton plans on taking his time with his decision. "I don't want to get too carried away this like some people," he said. "I'll take all my trips and see what looks best for me."

He reports a 2.6 grade-point-average and will take the SAT in June. He added that he would like to major in engineering or architecture.

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