Jonathan Hess (Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page)

Hess holds nearly two dozen scholarship offers and can play multiple positions.

2018 athlete Jonathan Hess attended the Bulldogs camp last Saturday. The Alabama native, who ran with the linebackers mainly Saturday, has netted 23 offers to date from schools such as Syracuse, Memphis, Wake Forest, and his most recent offer Ole Miss, where he camped at a day before attending Mississippi State’s camp. Hess is hoping the Bulldogs are next in line to pull the trigger after an impressive performance.

“It was an awesome camp. There was great competition on hand and it was also great working and learning from the coaches. I learned a lot of new things” Hess said.

 As of now, Mississippi State coaches are not sure what position Hess projects to play in the future. After being pulled aside by Mississippi State coaches a couple of times Saturday, Hess ran with a couple of different position groups and performed well.

 “At this moment, the coaches are not sure where they want me on the field. I play safety at my high school (Vestavia Hills, AL), but ran with the linebackers some and wide receivers some today," Hess explained. "I think I did some good things and a couple of things I can work on. The things I messed up on were just basic things such as eye control. Everything else went pretty good though. I just have to execute every rep. Head coach Dan Mullen also helped me some on a couple of pass rush moves. That was pretty awesome to receive coaching from the head man himself.”

Right now, many teams, including Mississippi State are deciding where the 6-foot-5, 220-pound jumbo athlete fits best, but that still has not stopped schools from coming after Hess.

“As of now, Vandy is recruiting me pretty hard even though they have not offered yet. I think Ole Miss is about to start coming after me hard as well after my performance at their camp," Hess said. "I am just going to keep working hard and praying on it, and whatever offers roll in, I will be extremely blessed to accept them.”

This most recent trip to Starkville marked Hess’ third time on campus. Although the Bulldogs have yet to offer, Hess enjoys his time in Starkville every time he makes the trip from Birmingham, Alabama.

“It is always nice to get back down to Starkville. I like the coaching staff especially. Coach Grantham is a fantastic coach. Every time I come back, he is teaching me something new that I utilize when I get back home. It’s all love with the Mississippi State coaching staff.”

Mississippi State will host their second round of summer camps this weekend beginning Friday with the OL/DL camp as well as a 7-on-7 shootout. The Bulldogs have camps scheduled for the first three weekends in June and the annual Big Dawg camp in July. 


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