- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
By this point in the summer, Melvin Jones said he was just tired of dealing with the recruiting cycle.
That's why it must have come as some relief when the Lake Charles, La., native put an end to the process on Friday morning and committed to LSU.
"He was just so confused with all the phone calls, and people calling him and everything," said Troy Jones, Melvin's father. "It was just a burden off his chest. He was just stressed, and I could see it."
Melvin undoubtedly hopes his commitment will put a stop to the phone calls. Even if that proves not to be the case, Troy Jones said his son's resolve seemed solid when he spoke to him on Friday afternoon.
"I saidl, 'Damn, what made you do it this morning?' And he said, 'Dad, I just committed. That's it,'" he said. "He was just ready to get it off of him, you know?"
The commitment gives LSU its first linebacker for 2013 -- a position the Tigers stockpiled in 2012 with six linebacker commitments. The addition of Melvin Jones is a big one, though -- literally. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, the Washington-Marion Magnet High School product checks in on a similar scale to coveted defensive end commitment Frank Herron (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Central), who stands 6-foot-4, 235 pounds.
That combination lends itself to a variety of options.
"You never know -- he plays both ways right now. He plays quarterback and rushed for like 1,300 yards last year," Troy Jones said. "But that's his position -- linebacker. That's what he wants to play. If he comes in there next year and is ready, I think he's got a good shot to play. I don't know what they've got planned for him, but he's ready, and he's going to attack it."
The mere distance of 129 miles from Lake Charles to Baton Rouge is one factor that Troy Jones said pleased his family. Troy played college football at Texas A&M before ultimately winding up at McNeese State, located in Lake Charles. He said the opportunity to have his son playing just up the road is one he looks forward to.
"I'm definitely happy for him, and we all get to go see him up there," he said. "I guess the whole family will get to go see him now."
Lake Charles is also only 300 miles away from College Station, Texas, and Texas A&M. Even with that in mind, Troy stressed the decision was ultimately Melvin's alone. But with the choice now made, it's one worth celebrating.
"I always did tell him it was always on him," Troy Jones said. "I had nothing to do with his decision. He made his own decision. And he wanted to be a Tiger."
By this point in the summer, Melvin Jones said he was just tired of dealing with the recruiting cycle.That's why it must have come as some relief when the Lake Charles, La.