Mississippi State's track and field program is historically known as one of the elite programs in the nation, earning top 25 finishes in nine of the past 12 years. MSU expects to continue that tradition by signing some of the top athletes in the nation, including the top athletes in their homestate of Mississippi.
Keeping with that plan, Mississippi State earned the signature of Gralyn Jones of Northwest Rankin High School during the fall track and field signing period.
"I have signed with Mississippi State for track and field," said. Jones, who, in the Mississippi 2014 outdoor 6A State Championship, finished 2nd in the Triple Jump, 3rd in the 300m Hurdles and 5th in the 110m Hurdles.
He explained why he felt Mississippi State was the best fit for him.
"I love the history and competitiveness Mississippi State is known for," said Jones. "I also love the coaching staff and the faculty. I have also grown up a Mississippi State fan."
Jones had a wide variety of college choices.
"I also considered South Alabama, Samford, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.," he said.
Jones has earned a large number of high school honors during his athletic career as a Northwest Rankin Cougar.
In track, he was selected Most Outstanding and MVP at the conclusion of his 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
In football, he was selected his team's Best Wide Receiver in the 11th and 12th grades.
He also performs well in the classroom, scoring a 26 on the ACT and making the A and B Honor Roll during his 9th, 10th and 11th grade years.
He also earned the Northwest Rankin Cougar Award in the 11th grade.