Safety Jonas Mouton's Top Three Includes Michigan

With all the hubbub regarding the impending decision of safety Taylor Mays, it might be easy to forget that Michigan is in on another top west coast player at the same position. Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., High School also has Michigan in his top three and has scheduled a visit. caught up with the No. 4 safety in the country to see how things were progressing with his recruitment.

It's been Taylor Mays week for fans of Michigan and USC, but there is another top safety that has both schools high on his list. Is another battle in store later this year for the two powerhouse programs? Both schools are in the top three for Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., High School, along with LSU, and he has already set up a visit to Michigan for Sept. 10. He will also visit Nebraska the week before, and said he will certainly visit LSU. He said the Cornhuskers are a school in which he is very interested.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Mouton is a Louisiana native though he now lives in Southern California. His father still lives in the state along with several other family members. As such, he said there is no problem at all with leaving California. However, the local school is making a strong push, and the five-star talent recently paid the Trojans a visit. "They had a Sunday practice so I went to see that," he said. "They run their practices very smooth. They are intense but they are run so well they don't look intense. It was fun to watch."

When last saw Mouton, he was hanging out with Chris Richards, Sr. at the Shrine Game, where Michigan cornerback Chris Richards, Jr., now in Ann Arbor, was participating. Since then, the two Southern California natives have struck up a friendship. "He went back to Michigan and we talked a couple times on the phone," Mouton said. "Then when he came back for break we got to hang out for a day. He's cool and he really likes Michigan."

Mouton said Venice began practice on Monday in preparation for their Sept. 9 opener against Carson. "I am so looking forward to playing this year," he said. He will rush to the airport immediately following he game to catch his flight to Ann Arbor.

As far as depth and playing time is concerned, the talented player said he has been looking at the situation at two of the schools. "Michigan sent me a media guide so I got to look at there situation a little," he said. "I know they lost Ernest Shazor last year and a couple other guys. I know USC has some young guys on their team now, but I'll know more as things go on."

Mouton said he wasn't sure when he would make a decision. "If it feels right then I'll commit," he said.

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