(Note: I caught up with several Ole Miss commits/prospects over the last week. Here is one of the most recent interviews. For the record, one thing that really makes Wayne County’s Benito Jones happy it’s hunting for raccoons. He talked about it on the sidelines in between drills Friday).
HATTIESBURG — If there was anything bothering Benito Jones during the past week, he sure didn’t show it. Jones was in a good mood as he helped team Mississippi get ready for their annual All-Star matchup with Alabama Saturday at Southern Miss.
The Wayne County defensive tackle, who is headed to play for Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels, is now just a week removed from winning a state championship. He is less about a month away from starting classes in Oxford. In a nutshell, it’s a good time to be Jones
“It feels great to have won the title in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium,” said Jones, who watched games at Ole Miss and gone through drills at camp before playing there against Oxford on Dec. 5. “It was fun to get out and play on the field. I’m 100 percent with Ole Miss.”
And because Jones is all red and blue, he has been working on other members of the Mississippi team to join him in Oxford. His main target was Noxubee County defensive end Jeffrey Simmons, who is rated as one of the top overall prospects in the nation, regardless of his position.
“I’ve been talking to Jeffrey and (Starkville’s) AJ Brown,” Jones said. “We’re all real close. We all get along together.”
The defensive line was the talk of the All-Star game heading into the game. Outside of Jones and Simmons, Tunica’s Hal Northern and Meridian’s Raekwon Davis were two others that were highly regarded, and very large. Another lineman that Ole Miss would love to sign is Starkville’s Kobe Jones. Davis and Simmons were the two players Jones said he hung out with during the week.
“It all starts up front, on both sides of the ball,” said Jones, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 310 pounds. “I haven’t been around this much talent. Not in pads anyway. I’ve been around a lot of talent at camps, and this is similar to those.”
As for recruiting, Jones said that Simmons was having fun with things, and not in a rush to make a final choice.
“You have to go where your heart is at,” Jones said simply. Now if could just fit in a raccoon hunt before Saturday’s game, everything would be perfect.