Not long after attending Mississippi State's junior day earlier this month, 2015 receiver prospect Dontea Jones said the Bulldogs were his favorite and that his decision would come down soon. That day was Monday when the 2015 247Sports four-star from Louisville High School committed to the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-4 and 200-pound Jones became the 9th commitment for head coach Dan Mullen in the Class of 2015. Of those nine commits, he is also the sixth 247Sports four-star prospect.
"I called Coach (Tony) Hughes first to tell him," said Jones. "Coach (Dan) Mullen was in a meeting so I sent him a text and we are going to talk in a little bit. Coach Hughes was real excited and said they were glad to have me on board. He said it was great to have me to help them out in what they are trying to do."
Jones is rated the state's 6th-best prospect and is rated the nation's 21st-best receiver prospect by 247Sports. He chose the Bulldogs over other offers from Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Miami and Vanderbilt among others.
Of late, Jones said he has talked with his family about his eventual decision that came Monday.
"Me and my mom and my family have been sitting down lately to talk about it," said Jones. "I already knew what my decision was going to be and my mom said today would be the perfect day to do it.
"Now I can get ready to focus on academics. My mom said Mississippi State is a great school for me and I already know they are a perfect fit for me. They are right down the road and I can come home to see my mom any time I want. Mississippi State's program focuses on academics and they can develop me on and off the field. And all of my family is going to be close to me and I don't have to travel halfway across the country to see them."
And it was that focus on academics that really caught Jones' attention with Mississippi State, he said.
"They have really been on me hard the past couple of months," said Jones. "What really showed me how much they cared is when they got involved about academics and it wasn't about football. All of the other schools that recruited me just talked about football. That showed me that Mississippi State's coaches cared about my future outside of football. And I am able to talk with their coaches about everything."
Last year, Jones had 43 catches for 774 yards and 11 touchdowns and helped lead Louisville High School to the Class 3A state championship back in December. Over the past two years, Jones has combined for 88 yards for 1,488 yards and 25 touchdowns.
With his frame, Jones said he will fit in well with the Bulldogs' offense and looks forward to working with MSU receivers coach Billy Gonzales.
"I fit in with their big receivers and they try to put a lot of receivers in their rotation," said Jones. "That is good to see how they always have different weapons on the field so the defenses can't target just one person. It is going to be a good offense for me to come into.
"Then Coach Gonzales is a great receivers coach and he has coached some of the best receivers in the nation like Percy Harvin. He wants to use me as an outside receiver and wants to improve my route running. In high school we mainly just run the fade and slants. So when I get to Mississippi State, I hope to come in and learn from Coach Gonzales and contribute early."
Now that he has gone public with his college intentions, Jones said he will quickly turn his focus to helping MSU's Class of 2015 continue to bring in outstanding talent.
"I am going to try to get other big-time players in our class to join now," said Jones. "I'm going to work on Jamal Peters and we already have a close relationship. Tim Washington is already committed to us and me and Tim already stay in touch, too. I know a lot more kids in our class, too, and I am going to try to get all of them to Mississippi State."
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