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Five-star DB chooses Alabama or LSU in matter of hours

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Laurence “Hootie” Jones is just about finished with the recruiting process. He’ll either stay close to home with LSU or make the trek two states away to Alabama and play safety for head coach/defensive backs guru Nick Saban.

It’ll come at 10 a.m. today.

If Jones goes to Alabama, which is thought to be his destination, he’ll be the third big-time Louisiana native/prospect to head that way. Offensive lineman Cameron Robinson chose the Crimson Tide in September. Robinson is the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, according to the composite ranking. Jones is also a five-star prospect, rated No. 30 overall. He stands 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and attends Neville H.S. Also, four-star wide receiver Cameron Sims chose the Tide earlier this year. The three Louisiana natives are good friends.

“It’s LSU and Alabama,” Jones told the New Orleans Times-Picayune recently. “It’s kinda hard to choose out of the two. The coaching staffs, I’ve gotten close to both from Alabama and LSU, and I can’t tell the difference because I’m close to both of ‘em. I know all of ‘em. All of ‘em know me. The players from Alabama, I guess I know more of the players from Alabama than I do at LSU, but I know my way around more at LSU than I do at Alabama, too, though, so it just equals back out.”

Once Jones’ decision is out of the way, LSU can look forward to a lot of good news in the next month. Elite in-state prospects like RB Leonard Fournette, WR Speedy Noil, DB Malachi Dupre and DT Gerald Willis are all expected to make Tigers fans very happy before national signing day in February.

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