Bulldogs Add a Pair of Meridian Juniors

Meridian standout Zaire Jones and a few of his talented teammates were on campus yesterday as Mississippi State advanced their record to 8-0. Prior to kickoff the Bulldogs received the good word that Jones and fellow MHS junior Quincy Lenton were ready to join the Bulldogs' 2016 class. For Jones it was simply a dream come true.

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"Me and Quincy have been talking about playing together our whole lives," said Jones. "Mississippi State gave us that opportunity. It was an easy decision, really."

Jones reports that he shared the big news with the Bulldog coaching staff just before the team took the field to take on SEC foe Arkansas.

"We just decided that now was the right time to commit," said Jones. "I told my coach and he said that we needed to let the coaching staff know. I told Coach (Tony) Hughes and then we just started telling everybody. They all said that they were glad that we were going to be Bulldogs."

The reaction from Coach Dan Mullen was something that Jones took note of.

"You can tell from Coach Mullen's reaction that he is coaching the #1 team in the country," said Jones. "He told us that he was glad to have us committed, but that now it was time to work.

"He said that when we get to Mississippi State that we better be prepared to work out butts off. He said he is going to work us hard and push us to be the best we can be.

"They want me to come in and play safety and that's what I want to play on the next level. That's the position I've always wanted to play."

Jones and his pals were able to see a Davis Wade sell out crowd take part in another Bulldog victory.

"The atmosphere and crowd was amazing," said Jones. "They are just drawing you to the SEC and drawing you to be a part of all of that.

"I am looking forward to playing in front of that crowd and being a part of everything."

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