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Berwick standout Kenan Jones signed a national letter of intent to play football at LSU during a ceremony Wednesday at Berwick High School. Seated from left are Arianna Jones, sister; Jones; and Latasha Jones, mother. Standing are Tammy Smith, Sallie Stanley, Danielle Garrison, Kylon Garrison, John Colar, Coach Eric Holden and BHS Principal Paul Broussard.
—The Daily Review/Corwin Murray

Kenan Jones signs with LSU

Kenan Jones is a cool customer, until he’s asked about playing in LSU’s Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night. His eyes lit up and a big smile followed.
Jones quietly signed his national letter of intent to play college football during the first early signing period at Berwick High School Dec. 20.
“I only missed one home football game this year, the Texas A&M game,” Jones said. “All the other games I was in there and it’s amazing. I was surprised how many fans knew who I was and I began to know a lot of them by face. That’s why I chose LSU because it feels like I’m never away from home, it’s like we’re all one big family.”
Jones originally committed to the Tigers in January, only to back off that pledge about a month later. He recommitted to the Tigers on May 13 and remained solid with his verbal until he made it official Wednesday.
“After the coaching change and stuff I wasn’t sure if things was gonna change for me there, but after talking to Coach O, Coach Corey (Raymond) and Coach Mickey (Joseph), I was solid again,” he said.
Raymond was Jones’ main recruiter while Joseph is the Tiger’s receiver’s coach. Head football coach Ed Orgeron lead the Tigers to a 6-2 record in the SEC and the team was 9-3 overall this year.
The 6-foot-3, 205- pound receiver had 43 catches for 863 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Jones also had 49 catches for 932 yards and seven scores as a junior.
Jones was a big part of Berwick High School’s re-emergence in football, leading the Panthers to its first playoff berth in 20 years in 2016. BHS also made a return trip to the Class 3A playoffs this season, picking its first playoff win in over two decades.
“Kenan is one of those rare kids you get in your coaching career that’s special where he’s the full package, he has great character, great ability and his work ethic is just phenomenal,” Berwick Coach Eric Holden said. “It’s been a blessing to be a part of his life and I know he possesses all the skills and attributes to be successful on the next level.
“I told him this morning that all those expectations people have for you, you’re that already and he just needs to polish those things.”
Jones is ranked No. 10 overall in Louisiana and a four-star recruit by many college football ranking services.
“It’s just a blessing to have this huge weight off my shoulders and now I can just hit the books again,” he said. “I have to thank all my coaches through the years, my mom and family, and a few mentors that have all helped me get here.”
Jones is an honor student at Berwick and he will play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in December. He also had a notable track career at Berwick.
—Additional information from 247sports.com.
Dec. 20 LSU Football Early Signees
—Micah Baskerville, LB, Shreveport, Evangel Christian Academy.
—Damone Clark, LB, Baton Rouge, Southern Lab.
—Davin Cotton, DT, Shreveport, Evangel Christian Academy.
—Chris Curry, RB, Lehigh Acres, Lehigh High School.
—Chasen Hines, DT, Marshall, Texas, Marshall High School.
—Jaray Jenkins, WR, Jena, Jena High School.
—Nelson Jenkins, DT, Plaquemine, Plaquemine High School.
—Kenan Jones, WR, Berwick, Berwick High School.
—Damien Lewis, OG, Canton, Mississippi, Northwest Mississippi Community College.
—Dominic Livingston, DT, Houston, Aldine Davis High School.
—Travez Moore, DE, Bastrop, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Mississippi.
—Dare Rosenthal, DT, Ferriday, Ferriday High School.
—Dantrieze Scott, ATH, Ferriday, Ferriday High School.
—Zach Sheffer, TE, Ponte Vedra, Florida, Nease High School.
—Cole Smith, C, Pontotoc, Mississippi, Pontotoc High School.
—Cole Tracy, K, Camarillo, California, Assumption College.
—Badara Traore, OT, Boston, ASA College – Brooklyn, New York.
—Cameron Wire, OT, Gonzales, East Ascension High School.
—Micah Baskerville, LB, Shreveport, Evangel Christian Academy.

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