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Mississippi State commitment Dontea Jones talks about a return trip to Starkville.

Louisville, Mississippi native Dontea Jones had the chance to do something most Bulldogs never do, take two official visits to Starkville in one calendar year. Jones took an all expense paid excursion to see the Bulldogs in January and then repeated that feat this weekend.

"It really wasn't that much different this time," Jones explained. "I had already seen everything and met all of the coaches, so this was sort of a re-run for me. I am just so happy to be back home and be able to see everybody again. It's been a long five months."

Stationed at Jireh Prep for the fall semester, Jones took the ACT yesterday morning, which concluded his work at the Matthews. North Carolina prep school. The time in Starkville this weekend allowed Jones the chance to reconnect with some members of his original signing class.

"Farrod Green was my host," Jones said. "It was great to see him again. I had the chance to sit down and talk to all of those guys that signed with me and hear about how things have gone this year."

Having the chance to unearth some inside intel was important to the talented tight end.

"They told me that it was hard when they first got up there, because they weren't used to the environment," Jones said. "They told me that once they got settled and got use to everything that it got better. Once they learned what to expect that they had a lot of fun this year."

Before making the short drive south on highway 25, Jones had the chance to sit down and visit with Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen.

"We talked about everything that could happen," Jones said. "We talked about what we wanted to happen and what would happen if things didn't work out the way we planned. Basically, we are just waiting to find out what I made on my ACT.

"If I made the score I needed, then I will be at Mississippi State next year. If I didn't then I may end up going to junior college first. It all depends on my score. I feel good about it though. I feel like I did pretty good. I am just waiting on my score now."

Jones is one of three tight ends committed to the Bulldogs for the current signing class. High schooler Christian Roberson visited this weekend and is set to enroll this January. East Central Community College standout Jordan Thomas is slated to complete his coursework this spring with a summer enrollment at Mississippi State on the agenda.

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