Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has already plucked a handful of recruits from Alabama, and he continued that trend on Saturday with the commitment of Oxford, Ala., defensive lineman Ulric Jones, the highest-ranked uncommitted player in the state.
"They’re on the rebuilding process,” Jones said. “I like the coaching staff, and I like the environment of being down there. It makes you feel at home, and that’s pretty much what I was basing my whole decision off of, a place where I can feel at home. Mississippi State was it.”
In the end, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones chose the Bulldogs over Ole Miss. He has the chance to make an early impact on the defensive line for MSU next year.
"Coach told me I could play anywhere from nose to a three to an end,” Jones said. “He said he thinks I can come in and make an immediate impact helping the team. I just look forward to working hard.”
Jones joins Oxford High School teammate Trent Simpson, who committed to Mississippi State last week. Jones says the two are the closest teammates on his high school team, and the duo is looking forward to playing together at the next level.