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Mississippi State verbal Dontea Jones will take his second official visit to Starkville.

Tight end Dontea Jones signed with Mississippi State as part of the 2015 signing class. After spending a semester a Jireh Prep in Matthews, North Carolina, Jones plans to sign with the Bulldogs once again. This weekend the Louisville, Mississippi product will be back on campus ready to spend time with his future coaches and teammates.

"This will be my first time back on campus since my last official," Jones said. "I am just ready to get back down there and see everything again and just be back home in Mississippi. It's just one of those things. I really miss being down there."

The time away from his support system has been challenging at times, but Jones reports that the entire experience has been a big part of his own maturation.

"I have really had to grow up and focus on the things I really want in life," Jones said. "I am just using all of the lessons that my mama taught me over the years. I am learning to take care of myself and becoming a man."

While there was never any real doubt about where Jones wanted to spend his college career, the talented tight end has enjoyed staying in contact with the staff at Mississippi State through this extended recruiting process.

"I talk to them every couple of weeks," Jones said. "They are in touch with me, but at the same time they are giving me the space and the time I need to focus on my academics. I am taking the ACT again and that should be the last thing that I need to do to."

Jones has spent a lot of time in Starkville over the course of the past few years, so he has a good idea about what to expect during the official visit.

"I am just ready to be down there again," Jones explained. "It's been a long time since I have been home. I wasn't able to get back for the Egg Bowl, so this will be the first time to get back in a while. I'm excited about everything and I am ready to get down there and get to work with the team."

Jones is one of several official visitors slated to tour the Mississippi State campus this weekend. All expected invitees are on pace to graduate from their current schools this semester and enroll at Mississippi State in time for Spring practice should they elect to sign with the Bulldogs.

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