Safety Jonas Mouton Kicks-Off Season with Victory

Venice, Calif., High School opened the season Friday with a convincing 35-14 victory over visiting Carson. The Gondos' five-star safety, Jonas Mouton, had to catch a plane to Michigan right after the game, as this weekend was his official visit to the Ann Arbor campus. He took a few moments to chat with GoBlueWolverine.com before heading out. GBW also brings you a scouting report.


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Safety Jonas Mouton of Venice High School blitzes during the Gondoliers 35-14 victory over Carson on Friday.

Safety Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., High School is now in Ann Arbor on the second of his five allotted official visits for the 2006 recruiting year (it's a Saturday - Monday visit). Scout.com's No. 4 safety opened the season on Friday with a victory over visiting Carson, before heading out to the airport to catch his plane to Michigan. Mouton told GoBlueWolverine.com earlier that he had developed a friendship with Michigan freshman Chris Richards since the two met at this year's Shrine Game in Los Angeles. It turns out his friend will be his host for the trip. GBW will have a full update on the trip when Mouton returns later on Monday. GBW attended Friday's game, and we bring you this scouting report on the five-star standout.

Mouton plays a variety of positions on offense, but one on defense - safety. "I know some people think he will play linebacker on college," Venice head coach Angelo Gasca said after the game. "But I can't see him anywhere else but safety, he is so fast and quick for a player his size. He is a hard hitter and has a good nose for the ball."

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Mouton lived up to his billing for knowing where the ball is, breaking up two Anthony Lewis passes while nearly making interceptions. He is deceptively fast, not appearing to put in much effort, then turning on the afterburners to get to the play. For a player his size he shows impressive movement.

He is not afraid to stick his head into an opposing ball carrier, and once a player is in his grasp he doesn't let go. On a team with at least four Division 1-A prospects, Mouton shines above the rest. He is the team leader and calls the shots on defense, aligning players as he reads the offense.

Mouton warms up before the game.

On offense he lined up as tailback, tight-end, flanker, and was used on one play at the fullback spot. His lone touchdown came on a short pass from Gondos sophomore quarterback Richard Ragland that turned into a 37-yard score. Mouton came out of the backfield and caught the ball at the line of scrimmage, then showed his mobility and speed as he shed one tackler, then outran the rest into the endxone. However, his celebration, which resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penatly, coupled with another Gondolier personal foul after the play, turned the extra-point into a 40-yard kick.

Mouton said after the game that while he was happy with the team win, there were some things he wanted to work on. "I was disappointed that I didn't get the interceptions," he said. "I was upset at the penalty; it was a good play that we executed pefectly, and then I got the penalty. I can't do that."

Visiting Michigan for the first time has Mouton excited. "I'm going to be tired because it's an all-night flight, but it's Michigan-Notre Dame, so it won't bother me at all," he said. "I'm looking forward to the trip and seeing the campus and how things are. Who knows, if I like it enough I might just commit."

Safety Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., High School
Mouton goes high to breakup a pass attempt by Carson High School. Venice won the game 35-14
Mouton celebrates as he crosses the goal line after a 37-yard catch and run. Venice was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct as a result of the gesture, forcing the Gondos to attempt a 40-yard extra-point.
Mouton breaks up another Colt pass.

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