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Brookhaven High School corner picks the Bulldogs over nearly a dozen other options.

Mississippi State continues to work their home state hard for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Moments ago, the Bulldogs added the verbal commitment of one of Mississippi's top defensive backs, Jemaurian Jones. With the Brookhaven High School standout now in the boat, the Bulldogs may be done at the corner back position.

"I was talking with Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (Terrell) Buckley and some of the other coaches a few minutes ago," Jemaurian Jones said. "Coach Buckley was telling me that they are going to take two corners in this class and that they already have one committed (Esaias Furdge). 

"Coach Mullen told me that they really wanted me to be a Bulldog. I talked it over with my dad and I am ready to be a part of the Bulldog family."

Jones explains that Mississippi State has been one of his most aggressive suitors since his college recruitment began. In the end, the early relationships forged throughout the process have paid off for the Mississippi State program.

"Mississippi State has been recruiting me pretty much since the summer before my tenth grade year," Jones said. "I have just always felt at home up there. I am excited about being a part of the Bulldog family. I don't have to leave the state and I get the chance to play in the SEC."

The opportunity to move to Starkville may actually be something that presents itself sooner rather than later. Jones has taken care of his work in the classroom and put himself in a situation that may enable him to enroll at Mississippi State in January.

"I was talking with Coach Buckley about everything and if I work hard, then I can graduate in December," Jones said. "That is what I am planning on doing. He told me that they have a lot of senior corners this year and that if I get there in the spring and work hard that I might be able to play as a true freshman."

Mississippi State had a quartet of high school enrollees this past January as part of a school record 13 spring football scholarship enrollments. Should Jones enroll next January and then take the field as a freshman, he would have the chance to reunite with a friend and former high school teammate, linebacker Leo Lewis.

"Leo has been hyping me about Mississippi State ever since I got the offer," Jones said of Lewis. "If I go in there and play next year it would give me one more year to play with him. He may end up going in the NFL draft after three years, so I am excited about getting the chance to play with him again. He is real excited about me coming up there."

Mississippi State currently has six verbal commitments for the 2018 signing class. Every one of that half dozen is a product of a Mississippi High School program. Jones chose the Bulldogs over offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Purdue, Southern Miss and many others. 

Jones had transferred to Biloxi High School for a short time, but is now back home in Brookhaven and eager for his senior campaign. During his junior season, Jones recorded 38 tackles, broke up five passes and intercepted four others.


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