ORLANDO, Fla. — LSU is in the market for linebackers, but after some coaching turnover, has lost touch with one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country.
4-star linebacker Levi Jones has yet to schedule an official visit to Baton Rouge, and has not ruled out doing so either.
First, however, the Tigers’ coaching staff must re-engage the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, something they have not yet done since Texas recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto was fired by Ed Orgeron.
“Coach (Les) Miles and Coach Peveto would always hit me up. Coach Pev still does even though he isn’t there anymore, but I had a great relationship with home and no one really else reached out to me,” Jones told SEC Country at the Under Armour All-America Game.
“I texted him (Austin Thomas) to play 2K on X-Box, but I didn’t get on that night, but I haven’t talked to anyone since.”
Jones has one scheduled official visit — to Florida — and is considering Florida State and Texas A&M for his others in January.
If LSU were to start contacting him — again — then Jones would certainly reconsider the Tigers.
“For sure,” Jones said. “I’m good friends with (LSU commit) Kary (Vincent). It’s just the whole brotherhood, the environment there. I feel it’s a great place and the brotherhood there is awesome. When I visited in February, I learned that there and thought it was a really good place.”
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was courting Jones to play outside linebacker. LSU holds pledges from two linebackers in its 2017 class — ROVER Patrick Queen and inside backer Monty Rice.
Jones was intrigued by the notion of playing for Aranda after the two sat down together last February, watched film and heard what the defensive coordinator had in the store for using Jones off the edge.
“I think he’s a real intelligent coach,” Jones said of Aranda. “I sat down with them and talked about the defensive scheme and how he came from Wisconsin. He showed me some stuff he did there and I felt it awesome, too.”
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