LSU was believed to be a runaway favorite for Neville 5-star recruit, Laurence ‘Hootie’ Jones earlier this summer, but the Tigers were unable to seal the deal and ended up chasing Jones in recent weeks to try and keep the 6-2, 215-pound safety home. On Monday morning, Jones committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide becoming the third northern Louisiana recruit this year to commit to Nick Saban.
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Jones took an official visit to LSU for the game vs. the Texas A&M Aggies and Sunday afternoon Les Miles flew to Jones’ home for a last-ditched effort to reverse the negative momentum that began when Cameron Sims and Cameron Robinson, two of his close friends committed to Alabama in late August and early September.
The news of his commitment to Alabama isn’t much of a shocker as this has been expected since his official visit wasn’t exactly a home run for he and his family, but his affinity for playing for Saban and with his friends and fellow Louisiana product, Landon Collins won out in the end.
While the loss of Jones is a bummer for LSU, it’s not the end of the world as LSU has commitments from four-star safety prospects, Edward Paris and Devin Voorhies and appear to be making significant progress in the pursuit of No. 2 safety recruit Jamal Adams.
Adams was in attendance for LSU’s comeback win against the Arkansas Razorbacks and plans to return in the next few weeks for an official visit. He has the Florida Gators, Texas Longhorns and Ole Miss Rebels among his finalists. The Longhorns and Gators are believed to be jockeying for the lead, but I think Adams is impressed with the program at LSU and their pedigree for developing NFL defensive backs.
I made my crystal ball prediction on 247Sports for Adams and picked LSU. While Jones is heading elsewhere, that just means Adams could be closer to LSU.