The long, winding recruiting road for Patterson wide receiver Mykel Jones will come to an end at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
That’s the time Jones — a 6-foot, 185-pounder — will sign with either Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Ole Miss during a ceremony at the school’s library.
“I’m excited,” Jones said. “It’s a great thing that I kind of know where I want to be. I’m ready to get the process over so I can get back to work and get back to basics. This whole process has been stressful.”
Jones will join teammate, linebacker Nehemiah Augustus, who will choose between Memphis, Nebraska and Louisiana Tech.
The Patterson standouts highlight a large contingent from the Acadiana area scheduled to sign letters-of-intent on the first day of the national signing period.
That group will also include recent commitments such as defensive back Jayrin Wilson of Acadiana to Louisiana-Monroe and defensive back Hayden Bourgeois of Notre Dame to Northwestern State.
Wilson also considered Kansas State, while Bourgeois picked the Demons over Nicholls State.
Jones is among the state’s top remaining uncommitted prospects, having made official visits to Alabama and Oklahoma. He said a scheduled trip to Tennessee was canceled by a snowstorm, while a trip to Ole Miss never materialized.
A torn ACL during last year’s state basketball playoffs threatened to derail his recruiting process, but Jones rehabilitated his knee and returned to play the final six games of his senior year.
Jones caught 27 passes for 500 yards and seven TDs, helping the Lumberjacks to the District 8-3A championship and Class 3A state quarterfinals.
Jones made his first official visit to Alabama the weekend after the Crimson Tide wrapped up the national championship. His visit to Oklahoma, in which he was accompanied again by his parents, took place last weekend.
“Alabama’s obviously a great program,” said Jones, whose former Patterson teammate Daylon Charlot redshirted this past season at Alabama. “They have a lot of talent there. They win a lot of games. They’ve got one of the best coaches (Nick Saban) in college football with a pretty balanced offense and great education.
“Oklahoma’s more of a pass-happy offense,” Jones said. “They also have a great education. I think Bob Stoops is a great coach that’s been there for a while. They have a great staff.
“I took the visit and really liked it there. It’s just two good schools.”