Kenan Jones was a top performer at LSU’s elite high prospect camp last July when Les Miles and then-wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig first extended the relatively unknown wideout a scholarship offer. Jones jumped on board that January only to de-commit a few weeks later as more offers continued to pour in.
Jones, who had turned in a standout performance at the U.S. Army All-American Game Combine in January, found his way back to LSU’s 2018 recruiting class in the spring and has remained solid ever since. He found a home in Baton Rouge, where he has visited nearly every week in the fall. He is fully expected to sign during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period.
- After de-committing from LSU earlier this year, Jones cleared the air and explained that he was merely entertaining his other offers. However, the Tigers remained his top team throughout largely because they were the first to offer.
- Jones wasn’t lying. He committed back to LSU in May and joined Jaray Jenkins as the second wide receiver pledge in the class.
- In explaining the decision to de-commit and then re-commit to LSU, Jones said none of his other 13 scholarship offers could compare to what was offered in Baton Rouge. His coach at Berwick, Eric Holden, explained why the 4-star wide receiver was the “most buoyant” person he knew, battling adversity and sticking to one of the strictest regimens.
- Earlier this fall, Jones insisted he was locked in with the Tigers and that he was not taking any other official visits besides LSU. Later that month, LSU coach Ed Orgeron and first-year receivers coach Mickey Joseph convinced Jones to sign his letter of intent in December.
Jones is one of the most freakish athletes in the state for 2018. At 6-foot-3 and 200 or so pounds, he has incredibly strong hands and the ability to make plays at numerous spots on the field. That was made evident with 43 catches for 863 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year.
Jones’ biggest test will be learning the LSU offense and refining his route-running, which should come with time. He has all of the physical gifts to eventually be a No. 1 receiver for the Tigers and could follow a similar path as D.J. Chark, who like Jones, was a raw prospect when he arrived in Baton Rouge.
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