Jones Thrilled with Hometown Option

Starkville High junior big man Kobe Jones spent a lot of time on the Mississippi State campus this fall attending several of the Bulldogs' games. Now Jones has the chance to wear the Maroon and White and be the player that high schoolers come to see play. The talented junior was hopeful that Mississippi State would extend an offer and today hope became reality.

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"I talked with Coach (Dan) Mullen on the phone," Jones said. "He told me that they had an offer for me. I was so excited about it. It's an offer that I have always wanted. I am just going to stay hungry and humble and try to get more."

The talented junior has the versatility to play inside or outside on the defensive line, but the Bulldogs appear to like him as an edge defender.

"Coach Mullen said that they want me to come in and play defensive end," Jones explained. "That's what I want to play too. I feel like that's my best position."

While an early SEC offer is welcomed news in the Jones' house, the Starkville native is not planning to rush the recruiting process.

"I talked to my dad about the offer and he told me how proud he was for me. He told me to keep my head on straight and keep working hard," Jones said. "Coach Mullen didn't ask me to commit or anything like that. He just wanted me to know that the offer was on the table and that they wanted me to be a Bulldog."

Mississippi State is the fourth program to offer Jones a scholarship. The Bulldog join Arkansas, Middle Tennessee and the now defunct UAB program as schools who have extended scholarship offers.

"I am excited about this offer. I have been wanting this one for a long time," Jones shared. "I just want to take my time with everything and see what my options are before I make a commitment or anything like that. I may even end up waiting to signing day next year."


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