Houston, Mississippi defensive end Chris Jones is one of the most highly sought-after defensive players in the 2013 recruiting class, in spite of his verbal commitment to Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
In recent weeks, Jones has been rumored to be flirting with the Ole Miss Rebels, who, in spectacular fashion, have crafted one of the surprise classes for 2013 — especially if they manage to somehow still land the consensus No. 1 overall player in the country on Wednesday’s National Signing Day in Robert Nkemdiche.
According to reports, including an interview with ESPN, Chris Jones has received death threats from undisclosed sources — presumably via social media — over the past few days as a decision draws near:
It was a crazy weekend. I received death threats, insane messages, you name it. I mean it has not been as stressful as people would think it has been. I have tried to handle it in the most comfortable way possible, so it has really been alright for me, and in the end, I am very blessed to have this opportunity to play for either in-state school.
Given the last sentence of that quote, it’s obvious that Jones will stay in-state one way or another — it’s more than likely now just a matter of which school he will choose.
I don’t know — call me crazy — but I would probably lean toward the school whose fan base wasn’t peppering me with death threats. In that case, it could well be another win for Hugh Freeze.
We’ll see — there’s never any guarantees as the circus of National Signing Day unfolds.