One of the best players the golden state has to offer for the class of 2006 is safety/linebacker/wide receiver Jonas Mouton (6-2, 208, 4.5) from Venice, Calif. Mouton has approximately 20 offers on the table from some of the nation's finest football programs.
Mouton will play his more natural position of safety in 2005 after playing mostly linebacker on defense as a junior.
"Everybody is recruiting me as a safety except Oklahoma," Mouton said. "The Sooners are recruiting me as a linebacker."
"I'm going to start out playing safety this season but if Coach Gasca needs me to come up and play linebacker this season I will," Mouton said. "All I want to do is help the team."
Mouton was at USC yesterday taking part in their camp and that will be it until football starts for Venice.
Recruiting, however is another matter, Mouton has already set up two official visits.
"I have scheduled visits two official visits," Mouton said. "The first one will be to Nebraska on September 2nd their opening game and the other to Michigan on September 9th the weekend Michigan plays Notre Dame."
"I am working on getting something done with LSU, possibly the weekend of the Tennessee game," Mouton said. "I have no favorites at this time as I am very open regarding colleges."
"I'm not sure if I will take an official visit to USC," Mouton said. "USC is so close to home."
"At this time I'm thinking that I will take all five of my official visits before I make up my mind," Mouton said. "I'm open regarding my last two visits."
What is Mouton looking for in a college?
"I want to build a good relationship with my position coach and play for a stable program," Mouton said. "I want to learn more about graphic designs. I'm already working with micro media flash and would like to major in something that will advance my skills in that field."
Mouton is currently a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com. That was something that Venice coach Angelo Gasca predicted back in an earlier interview with Rivals.com.
"Jonas is going to be one of those guys who end up with a lot of offers," Gasca said. "He was our league's Defensive Player of the Year while he was going both ways for us."
Mouton racked up over 80 tackles and picked off five passes as a junior. Two of his interceptions, Mouton brought back for scores.
Like defense, Mouton displayed playmaking skills. He scored two touchdowns in every league game finishing with 10 offensive touchdowns.
Mouton scored six receiving touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns. He caught 35 receptions for 620 yards and rushed the ball 40 times for 375 yards.
Mouton is a member of the pre-season Rivals.com Rivals100 team and is considered the nation's number 45 prospect for the class of 2006. He is currently listed as the nation's number four ranked outside linebacker according to Rivals.com.
Mouton also made Rivals.com's preseason California Top 100 for the class 2006 landing as the Golden State's number eight ranked prospect at any position.