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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Chris Jones talks MSU visit and commit

By Dave Hooker

Even though Chris Jones has previously been to Starkville, Miss., his latest trip to Mississippi State had a strong effect on his recruitment.

The ESPN 150 prospect from Houston (Miss.) High said his official visit to see the Bulldogs this weekend strengthened his commitment. He committed to State in June.

"The coaching staff were really great," Jones said when asked what stood out about the visit. "Nice people."

Despite the positive review, Jones could still take other official visits. He said he's not sure if he'll do so. Jones is considering an official visit to Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn.

State fans, however, should have been happy last week when Jones eliminated Florida from the schools he was considering. Jones told Gator coaches they need not visit him last week and told ESPN that he wouldn't be taking an official visit to Gainesville on Jan. 25, as had been discussed.

Still, there are three other schools State will have to best to land Jones. One will likely fall by the wayside since Jones has only two weekends left to take official visits.

The defensive end was largely unknown until he committed to Mississippi State in June. By the time the 6-foot-6, 260-pound prospect finished his senior season and was a standout during the practices leading up to the Under Armour All-America, college recruiters across the South were well aware of Jones.

He is now rated the No. 46 prospect in the country, the No. 6 defensive end prospect in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in Mississippi. Jones had 73 tackles and 18 sacks last season.

Jones is the highest rated member of State's 22-man signing class and the only ESPN 15 prospect onboard. The Bulldogs have three ESPN 300 commitments and eight four-star prospects committed.