Tuesday, July 10, 2007

2007 Recruiting - Phelon Jones

This is Phelon Jones, 6'1" 185#, 4-star cornerback from McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Alabama. He runs 4.4 in the 40 and has a 36 inch vertical. This kid looks like he has NFL written all over him. He's the perfect size for a cornerback, with the great speed you want at that position. His videos and credentials are incredible, including reportedly shutting down 2008 5-star wide receiver Julio Jones (a guy LSU is targeting).

It remains to be seen whether or not Phelon will meet the potential he seems to have. That is, of course, a question for all recruits. All of them have a lot to learn and a lot of pitfalls between here and there. Phelon, however, has some advantages in this regard. First, he's a coach's son, and much like Sidell Corley's father, his father's media comments showed him to be a high character man who certainly nudges his son in the right direction. I understand his father is now coaching in Baton Rouge.

If all goes well, I think Phelon Jones becomes the third member of the 2007 recruiting class who will eventually be a starter at defensive back, along with Chad Jones and Stefoin Francois. Along with 2006 recruit Jai Eugene, I think these guys make up the starting secondary in the 2009 season, after all of the current starters graduate.

The other important consideration in looking at Phelon Jones is to look at his place of origin: McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Alabama. He's part of a Mobile pipeline that has given LSU a number of good players in the last half-decade or so, including Jamarcus Russell and Chevis Jackson. You better believe Saban will do everything he can to cut off this pipeline that has given us quite a bit of talent. You better believe also that Les Miles is going to do whatever he can to keep it open in hopes of getting future great recruits like Julio Jones, DJ Fluker, and A.J. McCarron.

Keeping the Mobile pipeline gong is one key to LSU remaining a national power. The stakes are going to be very high in this battle.

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