Know Your Recruit: Wayne County DT Benito Jones

Benito JonesBy John Davis, Oxford Citizen

(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.

Twitter: @oxfordcitizenjd

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Coach Freeze has pulled in another BIG fish. 🙂
    Jones is the kind of recruit who can be a game changer for any program. He has a great attitude and an apparent love for the sport…and for OLE MISS. Hope he can convice Simmons to come on board. The Landshark defense has the potential of being the best in the SEC/nation next season.

    • JB

      Freeze lose one and gains one : ATLANTA (AP) — Police say star Ole Miss football player Robert
      Nkemdiche was hospitalized after falling from a wall at an Atlanta
      hotel. From yahoo.sports

      • Killer_Beeze

        So, you’ve spoken to the Atlanta Police Department and they said….???
        Never pre-judge a situation regardless of how it appears. It looks bad now BUTT, Robert may have been caught up in something NOT of his makings and was trying to ”get away from it”. Point IS….we don’t know the facts which led up to his fall. His medical condition is more of a concern than a possible ‘stupid act’.
        Let’s give it time and see where the facts lead us. IF Robert is guilty of ‘anything’, then he’ll face the consequences. Coach Freeze is a fair man and well, we’ll see….

        • JB

          If you are addressing Me , i was just reporting what I read in the Yahoo sports news, I am not prejudging any one and i could care not less what happens to Robert Nkemdiche one way one another. Yeah let Atlanta PD handle it

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