Four-star DT set to report to Ole Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Four-star DL and Ole Miss commit Benito Jones is embracing MS-AL All-Star week. Might as well. It's one of the last events of his high school football career. He's set to report to Ole Miss in January.

On the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game:

“I’m very excited about this game and this whole week. I still got a little bit left to improve myself and get more known. I just want to see all these guys’ talent. I want to see what type of level they’re on.”

On if he and Jeffery Simmons have discussed playing together in college:

“Yessir. We’re both some quick people coming off the ball, but I think I’m quicker. He plays defensive end, I play defense tackle. Too many tackles don’t have as many sacks as the ends. But they’re the one that cause the most double teams for the ends.”

On facing some of the Mississippi offensive linemen in practice:

“Don’t really know too many of them but Eli Johnson ‘cause he’s committed to us, to Ole Miss. Scott (Lashley), I’d like to go against him. He’s 6-8.”

On snapping the team Alabama winning streak: 

“That should be a big chip on all of our shoulders. Us Mississippi boys, we haven’t beaten them the last eight years. That should put a chip on our shoulder to beat the Alabama team.”

On Ole Miss’ plans for him:

“They just want me to come in early-January and get faster, stronger and learn the defense. Right now I’m 292. I’ve lost a good bit. Last time I was in Oxford over the summer, I was about 320. I feel quicker. Got to work on the stuff that don’t get me tired faster.”

On what he has to do to get in the rotation in the spring:

“Doing everything coach asks you to do. Don’t do it on your time, do it on his time and stay humble.”

On Ole Miss DL coach Chris Kiffin:

“He’s been there since 9th grade when he offered me. He never gave up on me. He’s a very nice guy. I love the way he coaches. He’ll be coaching me in a couple more months.”

On if he’s doing some recruiting this week:

“Yessir. I’d like to have some more good guys on the team with me. 


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