Bryan Jones may be committed to Ole Miss, but the elite defensive end remained resolute on earning an offer from in-state SEC power LSU.
That led the four-star prospect to attend Day 1 of the program’s high school prospects camp on Thursday, where he tested in front of defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and area recruiter Cam Cameron.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder clocked in a 4.8-second 40 time in front of the LSU coaches, which he considered a shade off his usual time of 4.7 seconds. Still, the Tigers’ staff was impressed.
“I really run a 4.7, but I got off to a bad start,” Jones told SEC Country. “They were impressed.”
But that was where communication was cut off between LSU and the nation’s No. 9 strong-side end.
Jones left the Baton Rouge, La., campus without an offer, which he had been expecting to earn even after he committed to Ole Miss last month.
The strong performance in testing and all of the praise from the LSU coaches is one thing, but Jones, the state’s’ top defensive end, is left at a crossroads with his hometown team.
“I went to camp and competed and did everything they asked,” he said. “At this point, I don’t know what else I can do.”
Jones told SEC Country that he will not be attending LSU’s second prospects camp slated for July.
A source told SEC Country that the LSU coaches may be conflicted about the Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) prospect’s fit in the new 3-4 defense. Jones had been courted by the team dating back to before defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s hire and is seemingly an ideal match as a 4-3 end.
However, both Orgeron and Cameron kept in touch with Jones throughout the spring and had the defensive lineman on campus on multiple occasions.
The fact that LSU has still not extended an offer even after a strong showing this past weekend may have cost the team a chance of flipping Jones.
“I was surprised that he didn’t get the offer,” a source told SEC Country. “I think they have really lost him for good now.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.