Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss Jarrian Jones, a 4-star safety from Mississippi that recently committed to Oklahoma. It turns out that he nearly picked LSU first.
Jarrian Jones was poised to commit to LSU in March
MANDEVILLE, La. — Jarrian Jones committed to Oklahoma last week. That wasn’t exactly the plan. Actually, far from it.
Jones, who made his decision to join the Sooners’ star-studded 2019 class on April 16, was leaning toward another school a month earlier. After visiting LSU for the first time for junior day in March, Jones was aiming to be the next Mississippi native to join the “Sip2Boot” campaign. He already had pre-written a commitment announcement in his phone before opting to hold off in the final minute.
“I was real close,” Jones told SEC Country at the Bootleggers Invitational over the weekend. “I almost committed the next week actually. It was typed up and everything. I told my dad I was going to commit to them and he told me to wait and see what everyone else had to offer. The official visit [to Oklahoma] sealed the deal for me.”
The visit to Norman, Okla., indeed loomed large. After all, when a program like Oklahoma tries to make a splash in Mississippi, it often doesn’t yield results.
Because of the newly implemented spring official visits, Jones, a top-30 safety prospect in the Class of 2019, got a free trip to campus for the spring game and enjoyed a full weekend around the staff, players and fellow blue-chip recruits. That opportunity was a new one, and opened the door for the out-of-state Sooners.
“LSU was right there, and if I was not going to Oklahoma, it would have been LSU,” Jones admitted. “When they [Oklahoma] first offered me, I wanted to give them a chance. I had never visited and couldn’t do it. When they let us do official visits in the spring, I could visit and I loved it. That sealed the deal with them.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back from Northwest Rankin (Miss.) High School is confident his commitment to Oklahoma lasts, but he has not ruled out taking more official visits before the December signing period.
The LSU coaches, in particular safeties coach Bill Busch, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and coach Ed Orgeron, have remained in communication since he gave his commitment. If he does make a few more visits before Signing Day, expect the Tigers to get one last opportunity in December.
“I think I’ll visit just to see what they have to say,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t say they have a chance, but I’d take them into consideration … They’re the land of defensive backs. I text to them every day. The day I almost committed [to LSU], they were nonstop texting me and all that. They still text and tell me to give them a chance before anything is set in stone.
“They say, ‘We’re not done recruiting you,'” he laughed. “That’s big. I would take them into consideration, but for now, I’m 158-percent committed to Oklahoma.”
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