Jarrian Jones was one of the headliners of Mississippi State’s 2019 recruiting class. He ranked fourth among the Bulldogs’ commits in that group a year ago.
After his freshman season, Jones is looking to move on from Starkville. The decision comes as a pretty big surprise down in SEC country. As 247Sports, which broke the news of his move, points out, he was an active recruiter for the program after committing himself.
Jones pledged to Mississippi State back in June 2018. He flipped to what was then Joe Moorhead’s program from Oklahoma, and wound up signing with what was the No. 24 class in the country.
As a freshman, he recorded 12 total tackles, and made two pass breakups during the 2019 season. He also recovered a fumble against Kansas State. His most active game was probably the game against Abilene Christian, when he recorded six tackles.
Circumstances change…….people dont.
— J2. (@JarrianJones) May 20, 2020
There have been significant changes at Mississippi State since the end of Jarrian Jones’ freshman season. Moorhead was fired pretty abruptly, and replaced by Washington State’s Mike Leach. There’s plenty to be excited about with Leach in the SEC, but he is not for everyone, which has become very clear.
He is not the only former blue-chip defensive back leaving the program. As detailed in the link above, Fabien Lovett is also leaving the team after a controversial tweet by his new head coach-to-be. He was initially set to head to Florida State, but now it sounds like he might flip to archrival Ole Miss to play for Lane Kiffin.
We’re in for a pretty fascinating run in Starkville. It’s anyone’s guess how the Leach experience will go.