Jones Relishes New Opportunity

When Mississippi State offered defensive end Kendell Jones in early February, many fans were eager to learn more about the Pinson, Alabama product. With three offers and a standout showing at the Nike Football Training Camp under his belt, Jones now has the opportunity to showcase his skills on a national level. The once unknown is headed to The Opening at Nike head quarters.

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"I had a great time out there," said Jones of the camp. "I had a lot of fun and I feel like I did pretty good.

"I was working hard and just doing my best out there.

"I didn't know I was going to get an invite to the Opening, but I knew I was doing good.

"I can't say I was totally surprised though. I knew I was having a good day."

Jones is eager to sharpen his saw, so to speak, against some of America's top high school seniors.

"I love competing and now I have the chance to show what I can do against the nation's best," said Jones. "I am excited about going up to Oregon and seeing everything and being on ESPN and all of that.

"It's a big honor and I am really excited about having the opportunity."

Jones currently holds offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky, but it appears that the bandwagon is about to get crowded.

"Alabama and Auburn have been showing me a lot of attention lately," said Jones. "I got a message from Florida and Florida State after the Nike camp.

"They were congratulating me on getting invited to the Opening.

"I am hearing from a lot of schools right now, but no new offers yet."

As things stand now, it appears Mississippi State is the team to beat.

"Of all of the schools that are recruiting me, I like Mississippi State the best so far," said Jones. "I am in contact with them every single day.

"I stay in touch with Coach (Geoff) Collins and we have a good relationship.

"I always let him know what's going on with me like if I had a good workout and things like that.

"He is always letting me know what is going on over there and how much they want me to be a Bulldog.

"He was real excited about me getting invited to the Opening. He told me he was proud of me."

While the Bulldogs have made a strong early impression, Jones has not yet been persuaded into a verbal commitment.

The process is expected to continue for a little while longer.

"I am planning on making my decision right around the beginning of football season," said Jones. "I just want to wait and see how things go this summer and then I feel like I will be ready to decide."

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