By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Chris Jones is as calm a high school senior as you’ll meet, especially considering the life-changing signature he’ll sign in two weeks.
The 6-foot-7, 255-pound 5-star defensive end from Houston has a lot coming at him. Jones committed to Mississippi State in June but since then has drawn the attention of some of the biggest names in college football.
Recruits can sign on national signing day, Feb. 6.
In the past two weeks, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have visited Jones, fresh off an official visit to Starkville. He said Tuesday night he is undecided if he’ll visit somewhere this weekend.
“I’m thinking about it, Auburn or Alabama,” Jones said. “I haven’t just decided on it. I’m still not sure.”
Undecided South Panola safety Tony Conner is likely to visit Oxford this weekend and Jones was contemplating it at the advice of his dad, who Jones says wants him to make sure he knows all he can about all of his options.
Jones told the Daily Journal via text on Wednesday that he had decided not to visit Ole Miss this weekend.
“My dad wants to go visit Ole Miss this weekend. My mom, she’s just with the flow, wherever I go. I’m thinking about taking a visit to Ole Miss this weekend,” Jones said. “I’m just checking out everything, making sure I made the right decision.”
Jones says he’s hearing from recruits on both sides of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss rivalry.
Jones has become a star on the national level. A big performance in both the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and the Under Armour All-America Game has helped him to 5-star status according to 247 and Rivals. He is 247Sports’ No. 2 overall prospect behind Robert Nkemdiche, a potential Ole Miss commit.
Jones has taken it all in stride and said he hasn’t let the attention, positive or negative, frustrate him.
He said this process has shed light on the intensity of the Ole Miss-Mississippi State rivalry.
“I believe it’s a unique year for (Mississippi), no matter who ends up where,” Jones said. “It’s going to be a very special year. I just want everybody to do good and be successful whatever they choose, make it the best fit for them.”