The LSU football team had quite the audience in attendance on Tuesday afternoon during its spring practice session.
Louisiana’s No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2017 Devonta Smith was on hand. As was one of the state’s most highly sought-after defensive ends in Bryan Jones.
Jones has yet to receive an offer from LSU, but is one of a handful of in-state prospects that is on the fast track to earning one from the Tigers.
The four-star defensive end out of Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) made the short trek to LSU’s campus on Tuesday to soak in a practice. The coaches’ reaction upon seeing Jones said enough.
“As soon as I walked in the door, Coach Cam (Cameron) and Coach O (Ed Orgeron) came and greeted me,” Jones recalled to SEC Country. “Coach Miles grabbed me when they were getting ready to go on the field outside.”
“Coach O was asking me if I was ready to hit some drills with him,” he added.
Of course, Jones did not get to partake in the drills. But he did witness the first ‘Big Cat’ drill of the season.
Even the nation’s No. 7 strongside defensive end was impressed.
“I just wanted to see how the Tigers worked,” Jones said. “They work hard and fast. And (I noticed) how intense they were during every rep. It was an intense place to be during that type of drill.”
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound pass-rusher also took in the rest of the defense’s practice, paying particularly close attention to his potential position on the field in the coming years.
Jones also plays in a 40 front, which first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has installed.
Jones is no stranger to the Tigers’ campus.
The elite defensive lineman has taken two unofficial visits to LSU for the “Boys From The Boot” event and Junior Day in February.
Overall, Louisiana’s No. 10 prospect had a positive review of the LSU practice and gathered as much information as he could have hoped to attain.
“It was a good experience,” Jones said. “I just wanted to see how their practice worked. And it was pretty good because I also play in a 40 front.”