Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss LSU’s top-ranked wide receiver commit, 4-star Kenan Jones, who has become well-adjusted to the drive from Berwick to Baton Rouge this fall.
Kenan Jones talks LSU commitment
BERWICK, La. — Quietly, LSU has held on tightly to one of the best wide receivers in the state.
That, of course, is 4-star Kenan Jones, who re-committed to the Tigers in May after briefly flirting with some rival programs. Jones has returned to Baton Rouge for nearly every home game this fall, including the 33-10 defeat of Arkansas earlier this month.
Before kickoff, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jones was escorted across the field by wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and coach Ed Orgeron as they began blueprinting for the future.
“That was a good experience,” Jones told SEC Country. “I’ve been there all the time, but it’s good to go see and to watch. I went to see how the coaches were and to catch up with everybody. Oh man, it’s always good to catch up with all of them — Coach O, Coach Mickey and Coach [Matt] Canada. We just had to re-connect because I hadn’t been there in like two weeks or something, since the last time they played. I had to see what they were all about.”
Among the topics discussed was how Jones would fit into LSU’s plans on offense.
After this season, the team will lose seniors D.J. Chark and Russell Gage, who rank as the Nos. 1 and 4 leading receivers, respectively. Chark, who hauled in 4 receptions for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win over the Razorbacks, plays the Z position, which is where the LSU coaches currently envision Jones sliding in.
“To be honest, we’ve been game-planning to get me ready,” Jones began. “I want to be playing where D.J. is leaving from, so that’ll be the Z position and playing just like D.J. I love that spot right there. It’s got to be the best position on the field for a receiver, getting handoffs and taking deep balls all day.”
Following the Tigers’ victory, Jones entered the locker room for the postgame meetings and spent time chatting up Canada, the team’s offensive coordinator.
Jones watched Orgeron and the players celebrate their fourth conference win and got a taste of what his future in Baton Rouge will be like.
“It’s always hype after the game,” Jones smiled. “It’s always hype. We catch up, talk about the game, then after the game we go back into the meeting room and just chill and talk. It’s just — you’ve got to be there to experience it. It’s unbelievable.”
Jones, who will graduate from Berwick (La.) High School in May, won’t enroll at LSU until June. Because he isn’t an early graduate, he won’t sign his letter of intent until National Signing Day in February.
Not signing on the dotted line in December should not be a cause for concern. The 4-star wide receiver has one official visit on the schedule, which should justify where he stands in his commitment to the Tigers.
“I’ll go to LSU in January and that’s about it,” Jones said. “Nobody else wants to really touch me because I’m an LSU commit. I went before and went around going to all these schools. Now, I’m going to LSU so there’s no reason to take another visit anywhere else or anything like that.
“It’s 100,” he added, of his commitment to LSU. “I’m 100. It’s all the coaches, I like the game plan and where the program is heading. I love the switch-up of the offense, having more than two receivers on the field at the same time. They’re spreading it out, throwing the ball now and I think we’ll be good. All the sweeps, I love the jet-sweeps, and I’m trying to house one next year.”
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