From virtually unknown to Mississippi MVP of the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic, Chris Jones’ stock has taken a meteoric rise in the last six months.
When the 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end from Houston committed to Mississippi State in June, few knew what he was capable of, with some even questioning whether the MSU coaching staff was reaching by offering him a scholarship.
Those doubters are long gone now. Jones dominated Saturday in his MVP performance with eight tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack and one safety.
It was yet another impressive performance from Jones, who played very well in practice all week. Jones was so good this week that recruiting analysts from 247Sports bumped him up to a five-star and No. 15 player in the country. “It’s been rocky,” Jones said about his past six months. “It’s all about working hard — you get what you put in. I put in a lot and I got out a lot.”
Tate Hanna, coach at Nanih Waiya, coached the offensive line this week and was supremely impressed with what Jones did against his guys. “Chris is a special athlete. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player,” Hanna said. “He gave us fits up front all week. He’s got potential everywhere.”
South Panola offensive lineman Deon Mix, who is also committed to Mississippi State, knows exactly what Hanna is talking about. “He brings it and is just an incredible athlete,” Mix said.
College coaches have also taken notice. Nebraska, Ole Miss and Oklahoma have tried to get involved with the talented defensive end, but he says he is “locked in with Mississippi State.”