Jones backs off 'Bama pledge
Laurence Jones
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 18, 2013

Laurence "Hootie" Jones committed to Alabama on December 2, and backs off the pledge just 16 days later. He needs more time before a final decision.

Monroe (La.) Neville prospect Laurence Jones, a.k.a. "Hootie," is now considering several schools about three weeks before he begins his college career.

The four-star safety and December graduate committed to Alabama earlier this month, before backing off of the pledge on Wednesday.

"I just de-committed from Alabama." he said on Twitter. "I just need more time!"

Jones confirmed the news to shortly thereafter.

LSU was the main competition for Alabama prior to his early-December announcement, and he had already taken his official to Baton Rouge. This past weekend, along with fellow Louisiana prospects and current Crimson Tide commitments Cameron Robinson and Cameron Sims, Jones and his parents took an official visit to Tuscaloosa.

"Hootie had a fun visit and he really had fun watching his daddy," Jessica Carr, Jones' mother, said this week.

She was among the surprised by the decision.

Going forward, however, the No. 7 safety on Scout says that it's not just a two-horse race between SEC West rivals though he's still considering both Alabama and LSU. When asked what schools had a shot for his services, the response read:

"Everywhere," he said.

Jones has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, TCU and Texas, among others. There is no apparent timetable for a decision, though a large contingent of Louisiana prospects will announce decisions at the Under Armour All-America game on January 2.

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