Being coveted by some of the most premiere college football institutions, Jonas Mouton is the type of athlete that any defensive coordinator would drool over. The 6'2", 212-pound safety/linebacker prospect out of Venice Senior High School is doing his best to prepare himself for the upcoming senior season and for his eventual leap into his collegiate playing days. "(I've been) just working out and running ever since the season ended. We haven't stopped working out but we got a few days off," he said. Mouton has targeted an area in particular where he wants to improve. "I want to get a little faster. I'm running track right now (200 and 400 meter dashes) and doing a few relays," said Mouton.
While the stature of several schools recruiting Jonas is pretty large, Mouton reports that there hasn't been a clear cut leader in terms of who is hitting him the hardest, though two programs stick out slightly. "I don't know, I got a few offers the other day, Oklahoma offered me and LSU did, too. It's probably Michigan or LSU that's recruiting me the hardest but it's pretty much every school who's offered me (that's in the race)," he said. Currently, Mouton reports offers from Nebraska, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, USC, Arizona, ASU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Utah and San Diego State.
Mouton reports that one of the earlier schools to offer him, Nebraska, has been sending quite a fair amount of correspondence. "All of the coaches (write me). Every two weeks or so every coach writes and they send it in a big packet. They talk about the school, tradition and stuff like that," said Mouton. Jonas has travel plans for two camps across the country and is pondering a couple more afterwards. "I'm supposed to be coming to the Nebraska camp and then the Texas camp. I might end up going to the USC camp and the Nike Combine at Stanford, but I'm not sure," he said.
Mouton has already taken two unofficial visits, one to Mississippi State and one to Arizona. He mentioned that they were both good experiences. "They were fine, I liked them. Everyone showed me a lot of love, I got to meet a lot of the coaches, a couple of stadiums and learn about the tradition and history," he said. Nebraska is looking to lure Mouton for his official visit during a very exciting time of the year. "I think I'm looking to come in for the game against Maine. Coach Blake was looking to have me come out for the first game of the season," he said.
Mouton said that thus far, he hasn't narrowed anything down to a top five, so the field appears to be wide open for the time being. He also reports that both Michigan and LSU have been out to evaluate him at his school. We'll continue bringing you the latest on Jonas as the off-season continues.