Spectacular, highly sought-after defensive end recruit Chris Jones appears to be unfazed by the disturbing insanity produced by his recruiting process.
The Mississippi product Jones has verbally committed to Mississippi State, but he is keeping people guessing, as he is still taking visits. This weekend, as ESPN's Kipp Adams reports (membership required), Jones visited Ole Miss and initially denied making the trip.
Apparently, this process was more than some fans could handle, as they took things to a sickening level. I'll let Jones explain, in a quote provided by Adams: "It was a crazy weekend. I received death threats, insane messages, you name it."
This is one instance where the term "crazy weekend" is not overstating things.
We are talking about a young man just trying to make the best decision for his future, and now he has people threatening his life during this process.
That is clearly an overreaction, and it is easy to see how this could leave one disillusioned and rattled. Jones is taking it like just another day at the office, though. Here are some of his comments, from Adams' report:
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.
What a tremendous perspective for a young man to display, and it points to the fact that this physical specimen has the mental makeup it takes to make a smooth transition to the giant stage of major college football.
Along with the big jump in talent level this involves, it also brings a new world of pressure. Jones will face the scrutiny of the massive world of college football as he tries to make the adjustment.
There will be pressure to perform on every snap. This has destroyed the confidence of many talented recruits, but Jones has shown he will not fall victim to it. This is a young man who obviously knows how to handle intense pressure.
And this just goes along with the physical tools that make people care where he attends college in the first place.
Jones is 6'5" and 250 pounds, and as 247Sports points out, he runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. This is just about ideal for a defensive end.
It is no surprise, then, that 247Sports has him ranked as the second-best strong-side defensive end and the 18th-best overall recruit in its composite rankings.
Jones is the full package, but get a grip, people, and let this young man make the best decision for him.
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