RECRUITING: California 'sniper' interested in OU?

Los Angeles, Calif. safety Jonas Mouton update.


Big-time safety prospects are coveted by every college football program in the country, and that is why so many schools are flocking to California to watch Jonas Mouton work.

Mouton started as a freshman at a number of different positions, but in his sophomore year he settled in at strong safety and as a slot receiver on offense. Mouton was back into his rover ways last year as a junior playing both linebacker, strong and free safety on defense, but taking a much bigger role on offense playing tailback, fullback, slot receiver and tight end.

Mouton finished last season with 82 tackles and six interceptions, taking three of them back for touchdowns.

"We call what I play on defense a 'sniper'," said Mouton. "I play between the safety and linebacker and I rover all over the field. We rotate our safeties and we try to hide me on defense. I am a combination linebacker and safety, which I guess is s strong safety in college."

Mouton, who can bench 225 pounds pounds six times and squat 185 fourteen times, has attended every USC camp for the last three years, and earned DB MVP honors last summer. Mouton has taken unofficial visits to Mississippi State and Arizona.

"Coach Mike Stoops is a great guy," said Mouton. "My trip was alright. I liked it a lot. I like the city a lot and the architecture in the city."

Mouton has been offered by 20 schools at this point, but hasn't began to narrow his list.

"I don't have a favorite and I haven't narrowed down my choices at all," said Mouton. "I don't want to get into what schools are high on my list right now because I really don't know."

So are the Trojans the leader since he attended their last three summer camps?

"Yes, that is true to a certain extent," said Mouton. "I do consider that USC is one of my top teams, but I am still considering a few other schools."

What are his thoughts about Oklahoma?

"I like Oklahoma a lot. They have a great program," said Mouton. "I have talked to Coach Bob Stoops and he is a great guy and one of the best coaches in the country. I think Oklahoma wants to play me at linebacker, and that is not where I want to play in college. The next time I talk to Oklahoma I need to get that straight and find out where they feel I can fit into their defense and see if that is what I want to do."

Mouton is still waiting for his test scores to come back, but he is confident that he will qualify.

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