"I just felt like Mississippi State was the right fit for me," Jonathan Abram said. "I just wanted to stay home and stay in state this time."
Abram elected to graduate early from East Marion High School and enroll at Georgia two years go. After starting as a freshman, Abram made the decision to enroll at Jones County Junior College once Coach Mark Richt and his staff were dismissed in Athens.
Having played over 700 college snaps, Abram was a prospect in demand once he re-entered the available college prospect talent pool.
"I think it was probably a lot harder to make a decision this time," Abram said. "I had a lot more offers and a lot more schools wanting me, so it was a tough decision."
Jones County Junior College had a 1 PM press conference to announce their players's signings, but Abram was not quite ready to render his college verdict. The four star safety took some time to discuss his options with his mother as well as some other interested parties.
"I called Coach (Nick) Saban and I called Coach (Dan) Mullen after the ceremony,' Abram said. "After talking to them, I knew where I wanted to do and what would be the best place for me. I told Coach Mullen that I was ready to be a Bulldog."
Abram claimed a final three of Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State, but reports that the Bulldogs provided him the chance to reconnect with several friends currently on the Bulldog roster.
"I have been talking to all of them and they can't wait for me to get up there," Abram said. "I am going up there in January. I think it's on the 6th and then I am going to get to work. I am excited about being around everybody again."
While Dan Mullen did a lot of the heavy lifting himself, Bulldog safeties coach Maurice Linguist played a part in Abram's recruitment. Abram reports that he is eager to get to know his future position coach better in the coming months.
"Coach Linguist seems like a good coach," Abram said. "I am looking forward to working with him and learning how he does things"
Abram played in just five games this fall due to injury, but is expected to be back up to full speed in time for spring practice. On the season, Abram recorded 23 tackles and a forced fumble. He also spent some time on offense scoring the game winning touchdown over East Mississippi and throwing a touchdown pass against Co-Lin.
The former high school quarterback could play any number of positions on the field, but is projected to play safety in Starkville, Abram's signing pushes Mississippi State into the top 20 in the scout.com team recruiting rankings.