Ole Miss landed an impressive verbal commitment Sunday night when Louisiana four-star defensive end Bryan Jones announced on Twitter that he chose the Rebels out of more than 25 offers to play at the next level.
Jones is the fourth commitment for the Rebels’ 2017 class, which may pick up momentum and start to take shape in the next couple of weeks. Rated by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 6 defensive end in the country, No. 8 player in Louisiana and No. 215 player in the country, Jones becomes the program’s second-highest rated recruit behind Morton wide receiver D.D. Bowie. Jones is also the first 2017 player to commit to Ole Miss from outside the state of Mississippi.
Jones, who attends Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge and is listed at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, has offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee, Miami, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas among others. Noticeably, Jones does not hold an offer from nearby LSU. He has yet to visit Ole Miss, but said he plans to check out the campus within the next two weeks.
Jones’ commitment was the second positive recruiting headline for Ole Miss this past week. Holmes Community College’s Josiah Coatney, another powerful defensive lineman, but one who is eligible for 2016, picked the Rebels over Alabama on Thursday.