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Commitment analysis: LSU lands Raydarious Jones

THE SITUATION

Raydarious Jones cut his list to four schools — Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Throughout the recruiting process he kept to himself and very rarely spoke on his recruitment. He kept quiet over the last week too, and that had many guessing on who he would sign with.

On Wednesday, the star athlete that just helped Horn Lake (Miss.) win a state championship announced that he has committed to LSU

WHY ITS BIG FOR THE TIGERS

Jones showed up in Baton Rouge, worked out at camp and immediately put his name on the Tiger radar before his junior year. That is where it all started. He was coveted by Ed Orgeron, Corey Raymond and that staff until the end. LSU is known by some as DBU, so that was appealing to Jones.

As a player, Jones is a versatile athlete that will likely need some time to develop at defensive back. He is a long, rangy, intriguing prospect who needs to add weight and strength. He also is a quarterback in high school, so he will need coaching in on the next level. We know he will receive that at LSU. Outside of the length and natural athleticism, Jones has good ball skills and the ability to play numerous positions. It is all about the potential that had schools working hard to get Jones.

WHAT TEAM IT HURTS THE MOST

He was a top target from Mississippi for Matt Luke and his staff, so keeping him home was a priority. This is a tough loss. They were in it until the end. Ole Miss was one of the first schools to show interest in Jones and he has built a strong relationship with that staff. To lose a prospect with the size, length and skill-set you like at that position, it stings a little for any program, but that much more for an in-state program who was so close to closing this one.