Northwest Rankin safety pledges his allegiance to the Maroon and White.

Before the Mississippi State Bulldogs had loaded their equipment on the bus headed for home after winning the St. Petersburg Bowl, Coach Dan Mullen and his staff picked up a verbal commitment from one of the top in state prospects for the 2019 signing class. Northwest Rankin safety Jarrian Jones elected to announce his commitment to the Bulldogs adding the Bulldogs' late season momentum.

Jarrian Jones reports that one of the main attractions for him was his relationship with Bulldog safeties' coach Maurice Linguist. The first year assistant is already beginning to develop a solid rapport with players and recruits a like.

"Well, I chose Mississippi State based off of the relationship I have with Coach Mo," Jones shared. "I trust him 100% and I feel as if I will make a big contribution to their defense. Also growing up, me and my dad had dreamed about me being a Bulldog and playing for my state, so when I got the opportunity I couldn't let it go."

The Bulldogs are in the process of finishing up their recruiting efforts for the 2017 signing class. While the final touches of that impressive haul are still to come, Mullen and his staff already have an eye on the future. While many underclassmen plan to take their time, Jones was eager to get on board and join the Bulldog family.

"I felt as if now was the time because, well, there is no point in me holding it off when most of the people around me knew how bad I wanted to be a Bulldog,"
 Jones said. "For me to be as close as I am to most of their players and coaches that sealed the deal."

Jones reports that he took some time to consider the importance of an early decision. With his mind set on Mississippi State, the talented safety picked up the phone and made the call.

"When I committed I contacted my position coach  (Maurice Linguist)," Jones explained.  "In the beginning, we talked about how my family was doing and just you know catching up . Soon after that I just broke it too him about how badly I wanted to be a Bulldog. After I said that, his first words to me were  'Do you trust me ?'  I proceeded by saying. 'Of course coach, no doubt'.

"That's where it started. He was so excited. It was like I could just feel like how excited and happy he was to have me . That really made me happy to know that you're going to your dream school and they actually are very excited for you to be apart of it."

While Jones still has two years of high school football remaining, the future All-Stater reports that he already had the scholarship offer he wanted. Having the chance to play big time football close to home was a real factor.

"My family is thrilled about me choosing State," Jones said. "They were happy that I was staying close to home and playing for their favorite school. If you look at all of the cars at our home , all over them have a Mississippi State tag."

With his college destination set for Starkville, Mississippi, Jones plans to do his part to aid in the Mississippi State recruiting efforts in hopes of putting together a strong in state class for the Maroon and White. One 2018 Bulldog target, Nik Hogan, is a friend and teammate of Jones.

"Well me and Nik are very very close," Jones said. "As of right now, we haven't even spoken about my commitment. Previously, we have talked about if he decides to go to State that we could possibly be teammates and we love the sound of that . I'm also trying to bring a lot of people from my class to State like Jerrion Ealy (Jackson Prep), Kyziah Pruitt (Noxubee County), Brandon Turnage (Lafayette County), and Louis Paul Smith (D'iberville)."

In thirteen games, Jones recorded 22 tackles, intercepted three passes and broke up two others. The Cougars recorded an 8-5 record this year and advanced to the first round of the 6A state playoffs.

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