By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Chris Jones wasn’t burning up the recruiting charts, but he burned through a 40-yard dash and that attracted the attention of Mississippi State.
Jones, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end from Houston High School, became the Bulldogs’ seventh commitment for 2013 on Monday night.
“I figured with his size, ability and athletic talent it would happen,” said Houston offensive coordinator Billy Cook.
MSU has gone on a June tear of commitments, with seven in the last four days to bring the team’s total to 10.
Three committed on Tuesday, Starkville quarterback Gabe Myles, a Rivals top 10 Mississippi prospect, is expected to play in the defensive backfield. He was joined by West Bolivar running back Kailo Moore and Clay-Chalkville (Ala.) receiver DeAndre Woods.
Moore was originally an Ole Miss commit. Sandberg and Jones committed back-to-back at MSU football camp.
Four-star Bradenton, Fla., QB Cord Sandberg made his commitment on Monday.
Sandberg (6-foot-3, 205), from Maxpreps’ No. 1 Manatee High School, chose MSU over LSU and Auburn among others. Myles’ father, Eddie, played for the Bulldogs from 1987-90.
Back on the radar
Jones transferred from Nettleton prior to last season and played in only six games as he worked to establish residency.
The junior led the Class 4A Toppers in tackles per game with 9.4. He had five sacks and will play some tight end this season, Cook said. He worked at that position during MSU’s 7-on-7 camp Friday.
His stock rose at camp where he ran a 4.7 40-yard dash before committing to his first offer. Ole Miss had also shown interest.
“He’s been on the radar just because of his size and kind of disappeared after he moved,” Cook said.
Last week, MSU picked up commitments from two offensive linemen, Hollandale’s Kent Flowers and South Panola’s Deon Mix.