Two days after reports first filtered out that Jesuit linebacker Deion “Dabo” Jones was switching his commitment from Nebraska to LSU, Jesuit coach Wayde Keiser confirmed that Jones is indeed the Tigers’ latest pledge for the class of 2012.
“He called me about 20 minutes ago,” Keiser said Sunday night. “It’s closer to home and best for his family and all that.”
Jones (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) committed to Nebraska in August.
According to a story on Scout.com, Jones said he didn’t get an offer from LSU this summer because he was unable to attend a camp at LSU and had made a previous commitment to attend a camp at Alabama that conflicted with a second camp date at LSU.
“I was upset I didn’t get a chance to earn that offer,
but I’m really happy that I showed them this fall that I deserved it,” Jones told Scout.com. “They said they really liked my film and wanted me to become part of the program.”
Rivals, Scout and ESPN all currently rank Jones as a three-star prospect. According to ESPN.com, Jones had 16 offers that also included Kentucky, Kansas State, TCU, Houston, Illinois, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Mississippi.
Rivals lists Jones as the nation’s No. 32 inside linebacker prospect.
ESPN rates Jones as the No. 24 inside linebacker prospect and No. 21 in Louisiana. Scout rates Jones as the nation’s No. 84 outside linebacker prospect overall.
Keiser said Jones has a lot of room to grow as a football player.
“He’s very athletic and has great foot speed,” Keiser said. “He just turned 17, so his upside is tremendous. He’ll probably play at 225 or 230 pounds (in college) and will still be able to run.”
Keiser on Friday denied reports by at least two recruiting websites covering LSU that Jones had switched from the Cornhuskers to the Tigers. This even though Rivals’ site Tigerbait.com had a direct quote from Jones saying he committed to LSU on Thursday night after an in-home visit from recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.
Later, Keiser said that he spoke to Jones and that as of Friday he hadn’t made up his mind.
Apparently now, though, Jones is on pace to become a Tiger.