Jones Set for Big Dawg Camp

Meridian High School was one of 32 teams that took part in this weekend's Medicomp 7-on-7 tournament in Madison, Mississippi. The Wildcats are on the favorites in 6A south. Senior safety Zaire Jones reports that events like these allow skill players on both sides of the ball the chance to sharpen their skills as they prepare for the Friday Night Lights of the fall.

"This really helps us in the passing game," Jones said. "It helps us develop our skills and advance our maturity level. You work on making plays on and off of the ball. It helps us a lot."

While the offensive schemes are much different when teams' play 11 on 11, Jones said that the chance to just work on and against the passing game helps the team prepare for the one-on-one scenarios down the field.

"All of this give us a chance to put in some work that we don't always get to during the season," Jones explained. "The passing scheme that you put in during 7-on-7 is helpful to all of us. I feel like it has helped me. We have a great coaching staff that knows how to develop players, so I feel like we're doing well."

The recruiting process ended for the most part for the talented Jones last fall. While many other prospects are making the summer rounds, the Mississippi State verbal has been focused on preparing for his senior season.

"I should be attending the Big Dawg camp, but other than that we've been just chilling and putting the work in at home," Jones said. "I am still pretty solid with Mississippi State and I am just keeping it cool.

"There have been a few other schools that have been in touch with me, but I haven't really done anything about marking out any official visits or anything like that."

Jones reports that his relationship with Bulldog assistant coach Tony Hughes was one of the main reasons he elected to commit to Mississippi State.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Hughes," Jones said. "I feel like that I can call him at anytime. We just have a great connection. He told me that he likes my leadership, how I communicate and how I get to the football."

Meridian is a state championship contender every year. The 2015 Wildcats could prove to be the team in the south half that makes the trip to Oxford for the state title game in December.

"This team can be great," Jones said. "We just have to put the work in. Nobody is going to give us anything, but with the talent we have on this team I believe we can develop into a championship winning team."

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