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Gordo, Alabama big man De'Angelo Jones could join the Mississippi State 2016 class.

Gordo, Alabama offensive lineman D'Angelo Jones picked up an offer from Mississippi State in the early stages of the 2016 recruiting cycle. Throughout the spring evaluation period and the summer camp sessions, Jones has been in touch with the Bulldog coaching staff in some form of fashion. With the fall contact period now open, Jones reports that the Bulldogs remain in pursuit.

"Mississippi State has called and talked with me a couple of times," Jones said. "They are telling me that they want me to be a Bulldog."

The desire to have Jones as part of the Bulldog signing class appears to be a rather consistent refrain in the Mississippi State sales pitch.

This past weekend several Bulldog recruiting targets were on campus to see Mississippi State battle it out until the game's final play. Jones did not make the trip over to Starkville, but he plans to be on campus in the coming weeks.

"They have talked with me about coming to some games," Jones said. "Me and family are going over there pretty soon to see a game."

The Bulldogs are one of several schools that have extended an offer to the talented Jones. Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina among others have offered athletic scholarships to the talented big man. 

At one point, Jones reported that he favored the idea of playing defensive tackle on the next level, but after some camp workouts with Mississippi State offensive line Coach John Hevesy, that stance has softened.

"I am willing to play offensive line," Jones said. "I like Coach Hevesy and he is real straight forward with you. I think I would like playing for him."

As things stand now, Mississippi State appears to be setting the recruiting pace as Jones enters the middle stages of his senior campaign.

"Mississippi State is the main one right now," Jones said. "I like them. I like the atmosphere over there and it's not too far from home. They're in the SEC too."

While Jones enjoys what the Bulldogs have had to say, he has not yet been persuaded to join the Maroon and White fold. That may chance in the coming weeks.

"I am not exactly sure when I am going to make my decision," Jones explained. "I am thinking right now about just doing it before the end of the season."

The Green Wave of Gordo High lost a heartbreaker a season ago to Dale County in the state semi-finals. The 32-28 setback ruined an undefeated season. GHS is off to a 4-0 start this year and is considered one of the state title contenders in Alabama's 3A classification.


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