Class of 2010 Member Jacoby Jones Update

Richton (MS) High School baseball player Jacoby Jones, a member of the class of 2010, is already receiving serious interest from Major League Baseball scouts and college coaches.

A couple of Major League Baseball scouts first told me about Jacoby Jones. One scout even said he's one of the two best prospects in the scout's area. And that included college players as well as seniors in high school.

That's high praise for a youngster who turned 16-years-old in May and is headed into his junior year of high school.

But it's not only Major League Baseball scouts who are high on the youngster. Despite being a junior in high school, he's already receiving serious interest from all of the instate schools.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Meridian Community College have talked to me," said the 6-3, 180-pounder. "They haven't told me much because I'm so young but they have told me that they are interested in me."

Two have even offered scholarships.

"I've received full rides from Ole Miss and Southern Miss," said Jones, who said he is also hoping for scholarships from Mississippi State and LSU.

Schools and scouts first noticed Jones when he was in the 7th grade.

"When my high school started putting me in (the game) when I was in the 7th grade they started noticing me," said Jones. "And when I started pitching in the 8th grade they started noticing me."

Jones, in a game against the Bama Bombers Wednesday afternoon, threw his fastball 84 to 85 miles per hour consistently. And this was after playing in 95 degree weather at shortstop for a full game. He can throw even harder. In fact, I've been told by a MLB scout that he clocked him in the high 80's, topping out in the low 90's.

And pitching may not be his best position. He may even be a better shortstop.

"(College coaches) say they like me because I'm tall, I have range and a live arm. They say I'm a five-tool shortstop," said Jones, who showed that good range and strong arm on a couple of plays versus the Bombers.

While he works hard to improve his baseball skils, things just come to him easily when on the diamond.

"I work hard on it, but it just comes natural to me," said Jones. "I guess I'm blessed with talent."

And it's not just on the baseball field where things come easy. He's also an exceptional student in the classroom.

"I have a 3.6 grade point average," said Jones, with a slight smile on his face.

Keep it on to find out the latest on Jacoby Jones.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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