ESPN: Jones Recounts Secretive, Busy Weekend

So, about Chris Jones.

If you have access to ESPN Insider, you can read this update on the five-star MSU commit. If not, I’ll give you some quick highlights.

In the story, Jones admits to using deception regarding his whereabouts this past weekend, because he didn’t want people to know what he was doing. He said some fans sent him death threats and other angry messages from fans of both MSU and Ole Miss.

“This weekend I really felt like I was at the point where I need to make a lifetime decision, and I am grown up enough to make my own choice without anyone telling me where I can and cannot go,” Jones told ESPN’s Kipp Adams.

There were conflicting reports regarding whether the 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end visited Ole Miss this weekend. He said he did – twice. Jones first arrived around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, then visited MSU later that day, then returned to Oxford with his parents in tow late Saturday night. His parents went back to MSU for a while Sunday afternoon.

Jones spoke very highly of Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and the team. The Rebels went 7-6, beat MSU and won the BBVA Compass Bowl in Freeze’s first season.

“Hugh Freeze is a great guy and more a mentor than a coach,” Jones told ESPN. “I told him if he stopped coaching today he could go be a preacher. Ole Miss is a great school that can be a championship team under Hugh Freeze.”

Jones also spoke well of MSU, saying he enjoyed being back on campus and “in the atmosphere” there. He attended MSU’s basketball game against LSU on Saturday night.

He also said he has a feeling which school he’ll commit to but isn’t telling anybody, not even his parents. Paul Jones of has said that Jones already knows which school he’ll pick. The announcement will come Wednesday, national signing day, at Houston High School.

• Couple of basketball links for you: My MSU rewind, and here’s our weekly lookahead. The Bulldogs (7-13, 2-6 SEC) play at Ole Miss on Wednesday, and we’ll talk about it with State coach Rick Ray twice today – first on the SEC coaches teleconference, then at his weekly press conference.

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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