On one of the most stout defensive lines in Mississippi, Starkville’s Kobe Jones found ways to make himself stand out.
The three-star product rarely sees the sideline during a game. Even when he’s exhausted, that’s the last place he wants to be.
“I play both ways the whole game,” Jones said. “Offense and defense. I love that. I love football.”
Playing on the interior part of a defensive line is often a thankless job. Jones doesn’t care.
His motor and intensity is often unparalleled and makes him one of the best among a strong group of lineman in the state.
Stat breakdown: 20 tackles (11 solo), 6.0 TFL, 1 forced fumble as junior.
Rankings: Three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. Ranked No. 14 in The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22.
What makes him a Dandy: Jones’ best attribute is his length and size. The two-way player put on 20 pounds over the last year and stands at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds. He has the skills to be a dominant defensive tackle or offensive guard at the next level with a motor to play the full 60 minutes – the explosiveness he exerts on the first play will be just as much on the 60th. He reacts quick when the ball is snapped to get to his assignment. The intensity and engery he plays with makes him one of the more skilled pass rushers in the state and his big, athletic frame is a nightmare to block. Jones can bullrush offensive lineman into the backfield and continues to show his upside with his off the ball moves.
Where he’s going: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama are the offers Jones holds in the highest regard but the defensive lineman has yet to name a leader. His plan is to release a top 5 list after the 2015 season and commit shortly thereafter. He’s said in the past that he’d prefer to end up at a school in the Southeastern Conference and hopes his performances at camps this summer will lead to more offers from those schools.
Best time to catch him this fall: Sept. 4 vs. West Point. The Yellowjackets big rivalry matchup comes in Week 3 of the season. Jones will go head-to-head with four-star offensive tackle Scott Lashley.
What he said: “My motor, my drive, my hunger,” Jones said on what makes him one of the state’s best. “I don’t feel like a lot of people want it like I want it. I love football because only the strong survive.”
Worth noting: Jones and Starkville wide receiver A.J. Brown are the first set of teammates on the 2015 Dandy Dozen.
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