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Ole Miss making serious play for four-star DB ‘Hootie’ Jones

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There’s something about that last month or two of the recruiting calendar: Ole Miss seems to know how to make a final impression on a blue-chip recruit.

About a month ago, Laurence ‘Hootie’ Jones seems all wrapped up and headed to Tuscaloosa (Ala.) to play for the Crimson Tide, even though he was from LSU’s backyard. It seemed like those were the only two schools seriously in play. Jones then picked Alabama in early December, but a few weeks later he backed off the commitment.

Now, Ole Miss is making a strong play to land him, he told his home-state paper–The Times-Picayune out of New Orleans. Jones is at the Under-Armour game this week in Florida.

“They (kept up with me). I really wasn’t giving them a look like I was giving Alabama and LSU, and I just wanted to step back and maybe take a look at ‘em and make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything,” Jones told the newspaper. “Honestly, I’m open to everybody, but they’re the main three that I really probably would want to go to. (Ole Miss) never stopped recruiting me. Even when I committed, they kept trying, trying hard, trying to get me to come on visits.”

Jones may make his choice public this week, if he can settle his mind–that’s what he told the newspaper. He plans to be an early enrollee at whatever school he chooses, so his choice should come soon.

Last year, Ole Miss made national headlines when it landed a boatload of top-flight talent in December, January and February.

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Comments 4

  1. Guess Hootie would rather play in meaningless bowls than to ever play in Atlanta.

  2. Read between the lines here, people. It’s quite clear how Ole Miss has mysteriously come into the picture for top recruits this late in the game the past two years.