Late News Gives Jones Hope

Late News Gives Jones Hope

Jamie Jones entered the 2006 season projected to be one of the top seniors in the state of Arkansas. The talented linebacker made a team move and agreed to play tailback and linebacker for the Springdale Bulldogs. Early offers rained in from the SEC and the Big 12, but something funny happened on the way to signing day.

Apparently doubts began to arise about Jamie's ability to quailfy. Most of the schools that were recruiting Jamie are now calling again, but there is one big problem.

"A lot of those schools have filled up," said Jamie. "I am still hearing from most of the same schools I was earlier in the season, but they may not have a spot for me. Some schools wanted me to commit, but I didn't want to take someone else's spot when I wasn't qualified. I just recently got qualified. I got the news right after Christmas break. Now I am in a situation where I have to wait and see if somebody else pulls out and opens up a spot for me."

Now that Jamie's prognosis about qualifying is not so dire, several big name schools have inquired.

"Miami has been in," said Jones. "Nebraska, Michigan State and a few more have been in. They are all still looking at me, but they have to wait and see what is going to go on with their program before they can make any decisions about me."

Jamie took in some camps and official visits this past summer and during the season, but he will take his first official visit this weekend.

"I am visiting Mississippi State this weekend," said Jones. "I have one scheduled for Georgia Southern next weekend and I am going to UCA (Central Arkansas) on next Tuesday."

While several schools fell by the wayside during Jamie's recruitment, one school maintained more consistent contact with the talented linebacker.

"Coach Grimes has been recruiting me since the beginning," said Jones. "I speak to Coach Grimes just about every week. We either talk on the phone or text message each other every week. He and I are real close. Every time I talk to him he asked me how I am doing, about my family and things like that. They are recruiting me as a running back or linebacker, just where ever they need help. I am fine with either one."

Jamie has been a fan of the Southeastern conference most of his football playing life and would love to be part of it all. He believes he may have the chance to help the Bulldogs get to the next level.

"Mississippi State has had a couple of down years," said Jones. "I feel with the coaching staff they have there and the players that they have coming in things are going to pick up real soon. Things are going be better. They are not one of those teams that just gives up they are always fighting. I feel like it's a good program and I like the coaches. It always feels like a family type thing with them. They are always asking about my family and that makes a difference to me."

With Jamie taking a visit this weekend, obviously the Bulldogs have some plans for Jamie, but he is not quite sure what they are.

"They have talked about me committing, but they are kind of full too," said Jones. "They are still waiting to see how things are going to go. We are going to talk about all of that when I get down there."

The official visit to the Mississippi State campus will be Jamie's first visit to Starkville.

"I am not really looking for a place to get lost or anything like that," said Jamie. "I am looking for a family atmosphere and not just with the school, but with the people in the community. I don't want to find anything I can jump into and get in any trouble. I just want a nice place to go to school."

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