Before New Orleans St. Augustine four-star weakside defensive end Al Jones made his commitment to LSU he picked up a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State and recently Les Miles made an in-home visit with the nation's No. 58 player. Little did Jones know that Miles would eventually become the coach in Baton Rouge.
"Coach Miles recruited me when he was at Oklahoma State," Jones, who is 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, said. "He came down and talked to my parents, so I know him pretty well. He talked to everybody at the school when he came up there. I liked him a lot there, but I just wasn't excited about Oklahoma State.
"It was one of those things where you wish a certain coach was at a different place. I liked coach Miles a lot, but he was at Oklahoma State. Now that he's at LSU, I'm going to real interested to see what he has to say."
Jones said he's talked to LSU athletic director Skip Bertman and LSU director of football operations Sam Nader in the past week, and Nader phoned Jones again today to let him know they were still excited about him being a Bayou Bengal. However, there still seems to be a sliver of doubt for Jones about his certainty that he'll end up in Baton Rouge.
Miami has never wavered in its interest in Jones, and he is scheduled to visit Coral Gables on January 28.
"Well, once again, I'm not going to base my decision on the coach," Jones said. "I'm going to be open minded and look at everything when I go there. But I'm excited that coach Miles is at LSU. We'll just have to see what happens."