Four-star defensive end Bryan Jones was scheduled to attend Texas’ Junior Day all week.
Then, Les Miles came calling.
After getting word from members of the LSU coaching staff that Miles wanted to meet with Jones’ family at the Tigers’ second junior camp event of the month on Friday morning, the standout pass-rusher quickly adjusted his schedule.
The last-minute decision ultimately paid off, too.
“I talked to coach Cam (Cameron) and coach O (Ed Orgeron) on Friday morning, and they told me that coach Miles wanted to meet with me and my family,” Jones told SEC Country.
“It was an honor to hear that one of the best coaches in the game of football wanted to meet with me and my family.”
That wasn’t the only message Miles imparted over the weekend.
After Orgeron and Cameron raved about the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive lineman during the “Boys From The Boot” camp earlier in February, Jones was taken aback by what LSU’s head coach had to say upon their first face-to-face meeting.
“He said I have some great grandparents who keep me on track, and they were telling him (Miles) how good of a kid I was,” Jones recalled. “We really just talked about football and family and life after football, as well as developing a relationship with my grandparents and that he cares about me.
“It’s letting me know that he cares about me — not only on the field but off the field, too. He’s developing a relationship that isn’t just about football.”
While much of the conversation was not focused on just football, inevitably, it was brought up.
Miles told Jones that he can envision the lineman donning the purple and gold, which holds a lot of weight with the Baton Rouge, La., native.
“He told me that I have what it takes to be a Tiger,” Jones said. “He wants to come down (to campus) more. He had a lot of praise for my body and just how I play.”
Though LSU has yet to extend an offer to Jones, the nation’s No. 7 strongside defensive end believes it’s all but imminent.
Still, while Jones is favoring the in-state Tigers at the moment, he conceded that he would not commit — at least not right away — before he considers all of his options.
LSU continues to hold plenty of weight, and Jones admitted as much when discussing a potential future there.
“I feel the love that they’re giving, and I know that one of the best schools in the nation and one of the top schools that put defensive linemen in the NFL (is interested). All I dream about is playing in the NFL.”