Andrew Jones Enjoying Mizzou's Success

It would be difficult to find a recruit more dedicated to his future college than Missouri commit Andrew Jones. The touted tight end from Smithville has supported MU's recruiting efforts, working to help reel in many of MU's top prospects, and has been a fixture at games. This weekend Jones watched the win against Illinois State and stayed at Martin Rucker's place for the second straight weekend.

"It was a really good time. He's crazy. He's just a funny guy, always saying funny stuff," said Jones, the heir apparent to star tight ends Rucker and Chase Coffman. "He just told me, ‘Keep doing what you're doing, because it's obviously working.'"

Jones' team is off to a 2-2 start, which he has been disappointed by. But as usual, he's done well individually, catching 14 passes – four for touchdowns – and recording a sack and a blocked field goal in limited duty on defense.

He goes to every Mizzou game and is ecstatic about the possibilities that lie ahead of the Tigers this year. He's not terribly worried about the shaky defense, either.

"I think they'll be better when they're in a close game, because they won't be able to relax," he said. "[The offense] seems like it could put up 50 every week if they wanted to."

He's also found it difficult to watch from the stands at times.

"It was hard to watch them warming up and stuff, and not being out there," he said, "but I guess I have to wait my turn."

Jones will travel to Columbia for the Nebraska game in two weeks with fellow commit Drew Temple. He's also been working on Raytown's Aldon Smith, who was at the game this weekend, and feels like Mizzou has a great shot with Smith. Jones will make his official visit later this season, and has finally stopped hearing from other schools, which had been trying to poach him from Mizzou for some time.

"I haven't heard anything in two or three weeks now," he said. "I haven't heard anything, and that's good because I'm not changing my mind, so it doesn't even matter."

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