DE Chris Jones aims to be 'the best'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Nos. 1 and 2 prospects nationally, Robert Nkemdiche and Carl Lawson, both play defensive end.

So does Chris Jones, who ranks 164th. Jones is out to change all that.

“My goal is to be No. 1,” said Jones, a 6 foot-7, 260-pound specimen from Houston, Miss., who is committed to Mississippi State.

Jones looked the part of top prospect today as he gathered his gear for the Under Armour All-America Game during registration at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.

Practices start Monday at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports, marking the next step in Jones’ journey.

“When you’re playing football, you’ve always got to prove a point,” Jones said. “And I’m here to prove a point.”

That point?

“That I’m the best the D-end in the country,” he said.

Jones collected 160 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior, helping lead his high school to the best season in its history.

He debuted in the ESPN 300 in November, making the largest leap among eight newcomers to the rankings. Jones, whose pledge remains solid to the Bulldogs, continued to raise his profile with an impressive performance at last week's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Still, it’s not enough. He looks forward to the opportunity to play on the same field this week with a prospect like Nkemdiche.

“To be the best,” Jones said, “you’ve got to compete with the best, so I’m going to compete.”