Jones Claims Five Early Offers

Mississippi State has had some recruiting success at McAdory High School in McCalla, Alabama. The last two SEC signees to rise to prominence from McAdory both signed with Mississippi State, Dezmond Harris and Cory Thomas. Harris did his part to help lure Thomas to Starkville and now Thomas is looking to pass it on to another rising prospect from MHS, Jay Jones.

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"I sent my highlight video to my former teammate Cory Thomas and he sent it to the coaches at Mississippi State," Jones said. "My name went to them in the recruiting room and now they have offered me a scholarship."

The Bulldogs may be new to the offer list, but Mississippi State has been observing the talented Jones for some time.

"They came to my spring game last year and I was in touch with Coach Geoff Collins before he left," Jones explained. "I am not sure who my new recruiting coach is going to be, but they want me to come up there and see them practice in the spring. They want to get to know me better and they want me to spend time around the coaches and the players."

With the Bulldogs' reported offer, Jones now claims tenders from Alabama, Jacksonville State, Mississippi State, South Alabama and Southern Miss.

Most schools are still rather coy about where they see Jones position wise. While he plays quarterback in high school, he has lined up in other positions.

"I am an offensive player," Jones dead panned. "I would like to play quarterback, but I would be willing to play receiver. I like having the ball in my hands and I just like offense the most.

"Before I was moved to quarterback, I played receiver, so I am pretty comfortable playing there."

Jones reports that the SEC schools have discussed the possibility of him playing under center on the college level.

"Coach (Nick) Saban said that he likes me at quarterback and that he wants me to come to camp and workout with the quarterbacks," Jones said. "He told me that when I come to camp, that he wants me to work out at receiver too.

"Mississippi State has said that they like my athleticism and that they want me to come to camp with them too."

With a pair of SEC offers in hand, Jones is happy with the early pace of his recruitment. Fans looking for a decision soon may want to take a deep breath.

"I am not planning to make an early commitment," Jones said. "I want to take my time and enjoy the process. I want to be sure about everything, so I am not planning on making a decision any time soon. I want to go see all of the schools and go to some camps."

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