DALLAS — Devonta Jason has overcome more than most, and that diligence and hard work has now translated to a vast offer sheet and an overwhelmingly bright future.
At one point, the 4-star wide receiver from New Orleans took claim to one offer — from LSU — but after a spring in which he came into his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and added new elements to his game, he amassed a handful of offers from some of college football’s major powers.
Jason, rated by 247Sports as the No. 6 wide receiver in the Class of 2018, has added offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Miami in recent months, which is a testament to the work he’s put into his game at this stage in his recruitment.
“I just look up to God and thank him every time,” Jason, who’s affectionately nicknamed “Whop,” told SEC Country.
“Without that, I wouldn’t be nothing. I’ve come a long way and I’m just blessed. I just keep working hard and try to get everybody that I can on board. I still have two years to make a decision as to where I really want to go, and it’s just going to get harder.”
The Landry-Walker High School (New Orleans) product was one of the inaugural commitments in LSU’s 2018 recruiting class, opting to make his pledge toward the end of his sophomore season in November 2015.
While Jason remains firm in his commitment, that doesn’t necessarily mean his decision has been finalized.
Louisiana’s No. 3 overall prospect in next year’s class is trying to keep all his newly-acquired offers on a level playing field, including LSU, in order to make the best possible decision regarding his future.
“I look at all of them as equal,” Jason explained. “It’s just big for me — at this point. Even though I’m committed to LSU, I’m still going through the recruiting process. Like I told the last recruiter, I look at everybody as equal.”
“It goes hand in hand,” he added. “LSU will have to work harder, and the other schools that recruiting me will too. I just want to find the right fit and do what’s best for me.”
With two years left to dive into the recruiting process, the 4-star wideout continues to devote plenty of attention to the in-state Tigers.
Jason has made several visits to the LSU campus this spring and last fall, including the spring game in April. There, he witnessed the team’s passing game exhibit some positive signs. However, he would like to see the offense continue to make even more strides this coming season.
“They’ve got a good program, but they need to show me the passing ability,” Jason said. “They need to pass the ball and spread it out and get the job done. The spring game is just a spring game. I want to see what they bring into the season and where it goes from there.”
While LSU has a lot to prove, so do the newest contenders trying to flip the elite wide receiver.
Jason is putting a lot of emphasis on not only on the team’s aerial attack, but also wants to be a part of a reputable college football power.
The other SEC programs that have extended an offer to the New Orleans native, like Alabama, must show a lot — in the same way as LSU.
“They have to show me the same thing,” he said. “Alabama, like LSU, is a run-first team. I want to see the quarterbacks deliver the balls from both colleges. I want to see everybody get the ball. It’s not just being the best (passing teams), but the program to back it up.”
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.