Kobe Jones talks SEC Visits

Kobe Jones out of Starkville, Miss., has had a chance to catch games at Mississippi State, Alabama and most recently Ole Miss. How did the trips go?

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"Great," Jones said. "It gave me a chance to see the three SEC schools who have offered me up to this point. I had fun on all three of my visits."

Two of his three top candidates faced off against one another in Tuscaloosa for the Ole Miss/Alabama game.

"It was a great atmosphere in Alabama as always. I enjoyed talking to all of the players from Mississippi who were there. I spoke to Raekwon Davis, Kylin Hill, Jeffery Simmons and some of those guys. We all kind of hung out and had a good time. I got a chance to catch up with coach (Bo) Davis (from Alabama). We talked for a while. We just caught up with one another."

What did he learn about watching those two teams square off against one another?

"Ole Miss is becoming a well known powerhouse. I like it. That's big to me because I want to go somewhere I can have a chance to win some championships."

What did Kobe Jones focus on during the game?

"I just watched the moves that both of their defensive linemen used to get free. I watched Robert Nkemdiche a lot. I liked how the Ole Miss safeties and corners were coming down hill the whole game. I like the scheme they use at Ole Miss, and I love how physical Alabama's front seven plays. They play great defense at both schools."

Last weekend he made the trek to Oxford.

"It was good, real good. I felt welcomed. It's a great environment because of the fans in Oxford. They are fun to be around. I just like their whole staff up there. I talked to all of their coaches. Most of the time when you go the games you talk to the guy who is recruiting you or maybe the coordinator or head coach, but at Ole Miss you talk to everyone. Coach Barney (Farrah) makes sure you know everyone that coaches for them. He's like the social chairman (laugh)."

Is that what stands out the most about Ole Miss, their coaches?

"Most definitely. I love the relationship I have with their coaches. I love the relationship they have with their players. It has that homey environment around there."

The Rebels were originally recruiting Kobe for offensive tackle, but after Kobe worked out with the Ole Miss defensive line coach this summer at one of their camps they now like him for the defensive line. That has also made an impact.

"Yea, like ten times more. That's big because I want to play on the defensive line in college."

What stands out about the Tide the most?

"I like the connection coach Davis has with his players."

The nation's No.201 overall player also attended the MSU/LSU game in Starkville earlier this season.

"I have been to so many of their games already. I just watch their defensive linemen when I go to their games. They are like technicians. Highly trained technicians. You can tell coach (David) Turner has trained them to be excellent on the field."

Is it fair to say that MSU defensive line coach David Turner and his teachings are what stands out the most about the Dogs?

"Yes, I think he can develop his players and make me better if I go there."

Are there anymore schools in the picture?

"Texas and Tennessee are still contacting me, but I've put recruiting on the back burner until my season is over. I haven't had a chance to visit either school yet this fall, but I plan to after my season is over."

Jones has 14 tackles, three for a loss, and two batted down passes this season.

"I think I am using my hands better. I'm using them way better. I'm using them better to get off of blocks. It's helped me out a lot."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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