Jonas Mouton to Visit USC for Big Game

Five-star safety Jonas Mouton is down to four schools. With the end of his high school career coming last Wed. at the hands of Crenshaw in a 48-3 loss, the talented prospect can now focus on recruiting, and he'll be taking in the USC-UCLA game this weekend as part his last official visit. spoke with Mouton about recruiting, and he dispelled one major rumor.

Safety Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif. High School is the No. 5 rated player in the country at his position, according to He has taken official visits to Nebraska on Sept. 2, Michigan on Sept. 10, and LSU on Oct. 14. He will take his final visit to USC this weekend for their showdown with UCLA. "I don't think I'll take any more visits after that," he said. "I'll choose from the schools I've visited. I know who leads, but I'm not ready to make it public."

Mouton's high school career ended on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when his Gondoliers lost to Crenshaw 48-3 in the quarterfinals of the Los Angeles City Section Playoffs. The young man is ready to move on. "A lot of things happened in that game, but we just got beat," he said. "I wish we could have gone on, but we had a winning season and made it to the quarterfinals." He didn't have his senior season stats.

There has been a persistent Internet rumor that Mouton's girlfriend was now on scholarship at Nebraska. "I don't have a girlfriend," he said.

The recruiting process is wearing thin on the talented star, and he said he will make his decision, "When I feel it is the right time." He was recently named to the USA Today All-American Team, and will also participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January in San Antonio, Texas.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Mouton is friends with fellow California and current Michigan freshman defensive back Chris Richards. He also made some acquaintances during his official visit to U-M, and has kept in contact. "I talk to Chris and the guys all the time," he said. "I don't really have connections at the other schools like I do with the guys at Michigan, but that's because Chris and I became friends before he left. I've talked to some of the guys there that played in the Army game, and I talk to DeSean Jackson (offensive MVP of last year's game who plays for Cal), who is also a friend of mine. They all told me it was a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to it."

The big, speedy safety is well aware of the depth situations at each of his final schools. "I know that USC has taken two safeties and none of the other schools have that many," he said. "A few of them have one commitment or none, and it is something I am looking at."

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