Starkville Star Still Waiting

The Yellow jackets of Starkville High took the field last Friday night without head coach Jamie Mitchell. Mitchell recently accepted a coaching job in Arkansas. Mitchell's former team won a 7-0 spring jamboree over powerhouse South Panola to close out an eventful spring. The jacket defense led by senior to be Kobe Jones was especially stingy as the team pitched a shut out.

"I think we made a big statement today," Jones said of his team's win. "I think we showed that the Jacket tradition never graduates. We will always be a powerhouse."

An extremely talented senior class will lead Starkville High on to the field this fall in a quest to win another state title. Jones believes his squad is preparing for some big things this fall.

"Now that spring is over, I feel like if we develop a couple of players on offense that we can be very dominant," Jones said. "I think if we play the way we are capable of, that we could be unstoppable."

Starkville will hire a new head coach in the coming weeks. Mitchell's departure caught many in and around the program by surprise. Jones reports that opponents would be unwise to expect a drop off from the Jackets this fall.

"Football doesn't stop at Starkville for anybody," Jones said. "Coach Mitchell left, but we had to keep grinding and we will keep on grinding no matter who the coach is."

Looking in a more personal direction, Jones believes he has some areas of his game that need some refinement as he heads into his senior season.

"I can only get better," Jones said. "I need to keep working on my pass rush. I want to be better at everything. I know if I get better, then that makes the team better."

Jones is one of the most highly sought after players in the state of Mississippi. Heading into the summer, Jones has some thinking to do as he begins to narrow the field of suitors.

"I have fourteen offers, but I really want more exposure," Jones said. "I don't think enough people know the name Kobe Jones. I plan on going to some camps this summer to work on that, but I am not sure which ones I am going to yet."

A pair of in state programs appear to be setting the recruiting pace as the summer camps sessions appear on the horizon.

"Ole Miss is pay attention to me and they are pursuing after me," Jones said. "They let me know that I am needed there.

"Mississippi State is saying pretty much the same thing, but Ole Miss is coming a little harder right now. I like Coach Barney (Farrar) at Ole Miss and I have a great relationship with all of the coaches at Mississippi State.

"I don't have a favorite school right now. I am just going to take my time and see what all happens during the season. I plan on making my decision some time after the season is over."

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