PATTERSON, La. — Mykel Jones has narrowed his college choices to three schools, all from the SEC, and one team is certainly sticking out from the pack.
The 4-star Patterson (La.) High School wide receiver named Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee are his top three schools, with the Rebels sticking out as No. 1 heading into the final month of the recruiting period.
“I would say Ole Miss is first,” Jones told SEC Country. “Then it’s kind of balanced after that between Tennessee and Alabama.”
Not surprisingly, Patterson will visit officially those three SEC schools this month. He’ll head to Alabama on Jan. 15; Tennessee on Jan. 22 and Ole Miss on Jan. 29.
He has already unofficially visited both Alabama and Tennessee, and said there was no particular rhyme or reason behind the order of his officials.
“I’ve been to Tennessee and ‘Bama, but haven’t been to Ole Miss yet, so Ole Miss will be new,” Jones said. “Being there the first time, seeing everything really. Tennessee and ‘Bama (visits) are more to polish up and see if everything is still the same and the coaches still feel the same way about me as a player and where I fit in the system and different things of that nature.”
Jones also relayed his thoughts on how he fits in with each of the three SEC finalists, as well as the latest news surrounding those teams.
On Alabama: “I feel like I’ll be a great slot receiver. I really love what Lane Kiffin is doing with the offense, and playing at Alabama — I know I have a shot to be a national championship contender because of the coaching staff. With Nick Saban being there, you always have a chance.”
On Saban possibly leaving Alabama: “Of course, it will alter (my decision) a little bit. He’s one of the greatest coaches in college football history. But I won’t put my whole entire decision on a coach because they can always end up leaving. I want to feel comfortable with my decision and where I’m at because football can be taken away with me. I want to comfortable with that decision period.”
On Tennessee: “I think they have a very explosive offense and feel like they’re continually getting big-time recruits. With what they’re doing, they’ll eventually be in the national championship in a few years. I feel like I fit the system that’s also balanced and how the get their receivers the ball. I also love the wide receivers coach (Zach Azzanni).”
On Ole Miss: “Obviously, Laquon Treadwell is leaving, but they still have receivers there so I’ll have to work hard and earn a spot anywhere I go to have an opportunity to play. I really like the coaching staff. I feel like it’s one of the best in the country and I feel that Shea Patterson coming in is also a factor. We’ve had a relationship since we were on a 7-on-7 team my sophomore year and already got a connection. I also like the other receiver committed there (DeKaylin Metcalf). Ole Miss has a top recruiting class. I feel like no doubt they’ll be in the national championship soon and also the SEC Championship.”
One team noticeably absent from Jones’ top three is LSU, the school from his home state.
LSU has not recruited Jones hard over the past month, which led the Tigers to fall to the outside, but they are not officially out of the race.
“They do (have a chance), but they didn’t recruit me this whole month,” Jones said. “I’ve got nothing against that. They have a lot of great receivers. I just don’t know their situation and why they haven’t recruited me.”
Jones is the nation’s No. 42 wide receiver and is rated as Louisiana’s No. 12 player.