LSU’s 2021 recruiting class added another defensive end Wednesday evening as four-star Saivion Jones out of St. James committed to the Tigers.
Jones is a top-250 prospect nationally, the 19th rated weakside defensive end and seventh ranked prospect in Louisiana per 247. Jones joins four-star Landon Jackson out out Texarkana, Texas as the second defensive end prospect in LSU’s 2021 class.
Holding on to Jones and Jackson will be key for LSU as it moves back to a 4-3 defense. LSU has plenty of talent and depth at the defensive tackle position, but the defensive end spot has questions. While the Tigers bring back Neil Farrell Jr. and Glen Logan, behind them there’s not much experience. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini mentioned players like Andre Anthony, TK McClendon, Justin Thomas, Ali Gaye and BJ Ojulari as players that could see time at defensive end this year, but that’s all unproven talent. Andre Anthony has yet to make an impact in his four years, McClendon is a converted tight end, Thomas left the program midway through last season, Gaye is a junior college transfer and Ojulari is a true freshman.
Jones is LSU’s 12th commitment of the 2021 class. Interestingly enough he is only LSU’s second commit from Louisiana, West Monroe punter Peyton Todd being the other. Of the remaining 10 commits, one is from California, two are from Florida, two are from Georgia, one is from Mississippi, one is from Ohio and the last three are from Texas. LSU’s class is sixth nationally per 247 and second in the SEC.