Jones Back at Mississippi State

Starkville High School (MS) has a talented senior class rising to lead the program into the 2015 football season. One of the most talented players on the Yellow Jacket roster is defensive lineman Kobe Jones. The talented Jones has had an impressive showing in the early summer camps. On Monday, he came to work out with the home town Bulldogs of Mississippi State.

"I feel like I had a pretty dominant effort out there today," Jones said. "I was just out there having fun. Me and Jeffery Simmons were competing out there. Anytime we get together, we are always competing and striving to be the best."

Jones spent the day working with and visiting with Mississippi State defensive line boss David Turner. Jones reports that his relationship with Coach Turner is a very good one.

"Coach Turner is about development," Jones said. "He wants to develop your skills and just make you better as a player."

The Golden Triangle area is flush with talented football prospects for the 2016 signing class. Jones is joined by teammates A.J. Brown and Lorenzo Dantzler as well as standouts from Columbus, West Point and Noxubee County who have made this corner of the state a busy one this year.

"I know all of those guys and every time we get together out here and hang out together it's a good time," Jones said. "We just enjoy the atmosphere here and enjoy being around each other.

"We have discussed which schools where all of us could play together at the same place. We haven't come to any conclusions yet."

The three star standout maintains that his recruitment is going to take some time to finalize. Jones plans to go through the process and enjoy every minute of it.

"I really feel like I am just the beginning of it all," Jones said. "I feel like more offers are going to come during the season. I want to take my visits and get to know a lot of the other programs. I don't have any favorites right now."

When decision time comes, Jones reports that his commitment will go to a school that fits his goals both academically and athletically.

"I want to go to a school that has a great engineering program," Jones said. "I want the football program to have a family type of atmosphere. I want to be a part of a winning program and a defense that fits my style of play."

Jones knows a thing or two about winning. With one state title to his credit and a junior season that saw Starkville ranked among the nation's elite, Jones wants to go out on top this fall. SHS hired legendary coach Ricky Woods recently to guide the program into a new era on the gridiron.

"I love Coach Woods," Jones said. "Everybody is coming along good with Coach Woods. He has made a good impression on us. We're just ready to get the season started."

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