Jonathan Hess (Photo by Jason Caldwell)

Vestavia Hills defender brings home scholarship after attending OM camp

Jonathan Hess out of Birmingham, Ala., attended an Ole Miss camp this weekend and left with the Rebels on his mind.

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Jonathan Hess has been talking to the Ole Miss coaches daily for the past few weeks. They told the 6-foot-5, 220-pound defender than an offer could come his way if he attended their camp. The All-State selection took them up on the offer.

"(Ole Miss) (LB) Coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto called me today to let me know that I had an offer," Hess said. "They're definitely my top school right now. I'm just going to finish the camp season and keep working hard, but Ole Miss is on my mind right now." has him ranked as a 3-Star safety but the Rebels feel like his future will be in the defensive box.

"They like me at linebacker and even said I could keep growing and put my hand in the dirt one day (laugh). I feel great about linebacker. I think I would grow into more of a linebacker than safety."

What stood out about Hess to Ole Miss to earn the offer?

"I think it was the way I competed and how well I did in the drills Friday that caught their eye. They liked my lateral quickness and said I played really well in open spaces. They are looking for speed in their defense. It's the landshark defense."

Jonathan left the Ole Miss camp not knowing if he would get that offer.

"I had no idea. I was hoping for the offer. I just knew I did my best. Their coaches kept telling me they loved my game. They just wanted to see me up close. They like how much ground I can cover and how physical I play. I like the whole situation over there at Ole Miss. Their coaches are great. The campus is amazing. The people over there are what makes Ole Miss though.

The Vestavia Hills two-way star plans to camp at Clemson, Vanderbilt, LSU and Alabama this summer. He is also hoping to make another trip back to Oxford as soon as possible.

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

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