Falando Jones Likes MSU

Greenwood High School DE/TE Falando Jones (6-3, 208) received an offer from Mississippi State a couple of weeks ago and likes what he sees from MSU so far.

"Mississippi State offered me about two weeks ago," said Falando, who visited MSU for the Egg Bowl game against Ole Miss. "(MSU assistant) Coach Melvin Smith came to my school in the spring and came to watch me play this season when we played Oxford. He also visited me (Thursday)."

The other in-state schools are also showing interest in this outstanding young athlete.

"Ole Miss has come through looking at me, but I don't know if they are going to offer," noted Falando Jones, who played his first game of high school football this past season. "Southern Miss is recruiting me and I have a couple of other colleges recruiting me."

Mississippi State, under Coach Sylvester Croom, is noted for its high character kids and Falando fits that mold.

"Coach Smith said he thinks I'm a really good kid and have good character," said Falando. "He said they really think I can come in there and get the job done."

And Falando thinks just as highly of Mississippi State. In fact, it appears he's a significant lean to them at the moment.

"I think Mississippi State is a pretty good school and I think there is a big chance that I will take (their offer)," he said. "I know I want to go there for sure, but I don't want to (commit) just yet. But they are high on my list."

The thing that appears to be holding him back is basketball.

"I haven't really thought about making a decision yet because it's still early in the basketball season and I feel I'm going to have a really great season," said Falando. "I'm being recruited by a couple of junior colleges, but I don't really know what is going to happen in basketball because it's so early in the season."

One thing he does know, as far as basketball is concerned, is MSU is willing to give him a chance to play that sport in addition to football.

"Mississippi State has told me if I'm good enough to play basketball, then I can try out for the team," said Falando.

At the conclusion of my interview with Falando I asked him if there was anything else he wanted to say. His response to that question was a perfect example of why the MSU's coaches think so highly of him.

"I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity and the talent that He gave me," said Falando. "And I want to thank my mother for putting it in my head that I can go far. And I want to thank my father, my other family members and my coaches."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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