In-state battle

Hattiesburg, Miss. - Kobe Jones has always preferred the defensive side of the ball. Today in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star classic he'll get the chance to show the college recruiters that is where he needs to play on the next level.

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Kobe Jones helped Starkville to it's first 6A State Championship last Saturday.

"It feels good knowing our senior class to made history," Jones said at media day for Team Mississippi. "We were able to leave with a bang. I'm just really glad I got to be a part of it."

The Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game brings a lot of meaning too for the Starkville native.

"Yes, I want to go out playing to the best of my abilities and try and beat Bama as well. What, we haven't done it in eight years."

Kobe will get a chance to showcase his skills on the defensive line for Team Mississippi.

"I want to stand out and kind of let people know that I'm a top caliber defensive lineman too. I'm playing next to so many good defensive linemen. Jeffery Simmons and Benito Jones are beast. Raekwon Davis, Dre Porter, and Hal Northern are too. We are looking forward to dominating together. We have a lot to prove out there Saturday."

What will be the key's to the game?

"We have to execute because I feel like we have the lineup to win. We are very talented."

Before the 6-foot-3, 265-pound lineman left for Hattiesburg he had a couple home visits from the in-state schools.

"Ole Miss came by Monday before I left, and MSU came by Sunday."

Who came by for Ole Miss?

"Just coaches Barney and Kiffin. They got a chance to meet my parents and told me the plan they had for me if I were to go to Ole Miss. They told me how I would fit into the program. They just really told me the opportunities would be there for me to come in and play young if I come in and work hard."

The Rebels were originally recruiting the 4-Star to play on the offensive line but after working out with the Ole Miss defensive line coach Kiffin at their senior camp those plans changed.

"They want me to play on the defensive line. It's been that way since I worked out with coach Kiffin. That was big for me because I want to play defense in college. That's where my heart is right now. I'm looking forward to my official visit there on January 30th. I know that's when they are bringing in a lot of their top recruits."

MSU sent their coaches to visit with Jones as well.

"They kind of came in the same way (as Ole Miss). They met my parents then let me know that I would start off as an (defensive) end because of my size now. They think I'll pick up a lot of weight and go down to the interior. If I come in during the offseason I'll probably play as a freshman. I'm visiting them on the (January) 15th. I look forward to that visit as well. Both the in-state schools have been with me from the start, so."

Anybody else talking about bringing in Kobe for an official visit?

"I haven't made an official visit date with Alabama yet. They haven't set up a home visit date yet either. I don't know. Ole Miss and State told me they would be back to see me when I get in from the (MS/AL All-Star) game. I don't know yet. Those two are really coming after me the hardest right now."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at

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