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Today, we discuss why a 4-star Kansas commit has yet to close the door on LSU.
NEW ORLEANS — Devonta Jason may be committed to Kansas, but that doesn’t mean his recruitment has been put to rest.
Jason, a 4-star wide receiver and the No. 3 overall prospect from Louisiana in the Class of 2018, boasts an offer sheet of nearly 30 proffers. Even after giving a verbal pledge to Kansas in February, the Landry-Walker (La.) High School state champion is still open to hearing from rival coaches and discussing all the options available to him, including LSU.
“Everything has been great so far. Nothing has changed (with Kansas), but everyone is still hard on me and pushing me for my commitment,” Jason told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans.
“I’m giving everybody a chance and I want to be fair about my recruitment.”
When asked about which coaches have been in contact with him the most this spring, Jason singled out LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
That’s a major turn of events for the Tigers, who in December had not been in contact with Jason, he told SEC Country. Then, Jason was being courted by wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and New Orleans-area recruiter Jabbar Juluke.
Mickey Joseph has since taken over the 6-foot-3, 211-pound wideout’s recruitment, which has renewed Jason’s interest in the in-state power.
“Coach Mickey picks up the phone and he calls or texts me every other day,” he explained. “He’s always trying to see what I’m doing and when I’m getting up on campus and when I can get up there for a visit. He contacts me more and gets at me more. He hits me up from time to time and talks about me and lets me know what’s going on.”
Jason was a one-time LSU commit and one of the first dominos to fall in the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class back in the fall of 2015. An Algiers native, Jason grew up rooting for LSU.
The 4-star recruit wound up de-committing in July of last year along with teammate and blue-chip corner Corione Harris. Both are currently committed to the Jayhawks.
One of the sticking points in his decision was the run-dominated offense. Jason has since heard of the nuances that offensive coordinator Matt Canada has added and is well-aware of the All-American quarterbacks that the team signed in its 2017 class. Naturally, that has piqued his interest.
“They’re the in-state school, so why not?” Jason explained. “I haven’t seen what they’ve did so far, but with the two new quarterbacks coming in, it’s looking like change.
“They’re in the mix … somewhere. Everyone is even and everybody has a chance. I’m going to be fair about it. I’m committed to Kansas, but LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are all tied in second.”
Jason is slated to graduate from Landry-Walker in December and enroll at his university of choice in January. He plans to finalize his college plans around the time he finishes high school.
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