With the Mustangs stacked at the linebacker position for years to come, you can expect them to be very careful with their offers over the next two years. Only players that are considered top talents and versatile will be snagging offers. It's the case with John Curtis Christian outside linebacker Seth Jones. On Wednesday, the junior heard some good news from SMU.
"They offered me today," stated Jones to PonyStampede.com. "I didn't really know that they were going to offer. So I was a bit surprised when I learned today. I don't know much about them, but I'm going to learn. One of my friends and teammates last year was being recruited by them (Tyler Gilbert)."
At 6-foot-1, 223 pounds, Jones runs a 4.7 forty. Last season, the standout earned Louisiana All-State honors, while racking up 68 tackles, 11 sacks, and one interception. He also blocked four field goal/pat attempts.
"At our school, our linebackers are basically ends. We rush from the outside standing up," said Jones. "I play hard and I always go until the whistle blows. I'm pretty hard on myself, because when I mess up, I know that I'm better than that."
"Schools are recruiting me as both a linebacker and a defensive end. I don't really care what position that I play. As long as I can contribute."
The Mustangs hopes are that Jones would fit in as a linebacker rushing specialist in the 3-4. So what is the 2011 prospect looking for in his college choice?
"I'm wanting a school where I really like the campus. I need to have a good feeling the about the place. It's going to be a place where I'm at four to five years," said Jones.
The Mustangs are looking to build a program similar to John Curtis. One that is backed by recent success. The Patriots have won 23 state championships since 1975. With 11 of them coming since 1996. After going 13-0 and advancing to the state title game this season, Curtis was defeated 18-13 by Evangel Christian Academy. Being the state runner up is not exactly good news to Jones.
"We're working hard with off-season conditioning," said the junior Louisiana Prep Insider. "Our mindset is to get better every day. We've been lifting for two months now and we're going to start our conditioning program - running the levy and other stuff - on Tuesday."
Jones also competes in the shot put and discus for the John Curtis track team. PonyStampede.com will have more with the junior in the coming months.
Parts of this report came from Scout.com's Mike Coppage.