METAIRIE, La. — It’s all about dips and rips when it comes to Kyrin Jones these days.
The class of 2018 outside linebacker from John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) is coming off an eye-opening performance at LSU’s first high school camp earlier this month. He spent much of the Saturday morning session heeding advice from Tigers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
Aranda has been keeping close tabs on the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defender and was a close study of him when Jones competed in Baton Rouge, La.
Jones told SEC Country that since the camp, the LSU coaches have continued to stay in touch with him in hopes of luring him back to campus next month for the team’s second camp, where he likely will procure an offer.
“He (Aranda) wanted me to go work out with the bigger guys and get more reps in the 1-on-1s,” Jones said. “They were very interested. They want me to come back out in July, keep going and go to the camp.”
The notion of earning an offer from LSU has grounded Jones, who is preparing for a starting role within the Ehret High School defense.
Knowing that an offer could be on the horizon has added pressure, though he’s excited about what that may do for his overall recruitment.
“I’m a little nervous,” Jones said. “I have interest in playing for LSU, so I’m trying to keep my cool and keep my confidence and stuff. It would mean a lot, and it would be more of a gateway school. If I get that offer, it will open up more doors for me. But it would mean a lot.”
Jones is set to succeed former Ehret standout and current LSU linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. The two elite New Orleans-area defenders have worked together and keep in close contact, which is where Jones learned all about “dip and rip.” That sound advice came compliments of Divinity Jr., who Jones views as a role model entering his junior campaign.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking,” Jones said. “I don’t know if I can rise up to that potential. He (Divinity) kind of set the bar. When I was in school, he used to always come back and teach me my techniques and stuff. Things like ‘dips and rips’ — I use that a lot. That’s one of the biggest things I’m going to be using as an outside linebacker, so it’s key to me.”
Aranda watched Divinity dip and rip plenty during his senior season last fall, and likely will do the same with Jones.
The budding class of 2018 prospect wants to take his time with the recruiting process, but he’s impressed with the advice LSU’s defensive coordinator has given him. That will lead Jones back to LSU next month, where an offer could be waiting.
“He (Aranda) gave me a good image of where he needed me and what I needed to do better in coverage during 1-on-1 (drills) and man-on-man,” Jones said. “Now, I just want to see all of my options.”
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.