Jones Begins Classes

This time last year, Chris Jones was an unranked defensive end committed to Mississippi State. Jones saw his stock soar in the eyes of college recruiters and analysts after an All-American senior campaign that included a dominant showing in the Under Armour All-American game. The Bulldogs were able to hold on to Jones' commitment on signing day. Today, Jones began his first college courses at MSU.

While it involved less fanfare than projected and believed by many, Chris Jones was able to enroll at Mississippi State and take part in the second session of summer school in Starkville which began today.

The final piece of Jones' admission requirements was put into place last week when he completed one final needed course with a satisfactory mark.

Jones' meteoric rise as a college football prospect has been well documented.

A transfer from Nettelton High School to Houston following his sophomore campaign and a coaching change at HHS following his junior season created a perfect storm of circumstances for Jones to fall through the proverbial cracks.

During the spring evaluation period that preceded his senior season, only two college programs, Memphis and Mississippi State, stopped through Houston to evaluate the program's potential prospects.

Jones put together a strong showing at the Bulldogs' June summer camp and committed shortly after.

It appeared for sometime that Mississippi State would be able to coast through the season and on to signing day without a real fight for the future five star.

Putting together the best season of his prep career, Jones exploded after practices for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game and Under Armour.

Late offers from Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss all arrived in the final weeks of the process, but in the end the first offer Jones received was the only one he needed.

Jones signed with Mississippi State as expected and has now qualified for freshman enrollment as expected.

The expectations now center around how quickly the talented Jones can pick up his position assignments under the direction of Bulldog defensive line boss David Turner.

Jones' enrollment for summer school brings the total of 2013 signees on campus to 19.

The lone remaining addition expected to enroll is three star wide receiver B.J Hammond from Gadsden, Alabama.

Memphis, Tennessee star wide receiver Donald Gray will spend his first three semesters of college football at Copiah-Lincoln Community College and hope to rejoin the Bulldog fold as a member of the 2015 signing class.

Quarterback signee Cord Sandberg signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League baseball last month and is already assigned in the Philadelphia farm system.

All other Bulldog signees are already on campus and attending classes.

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