Mississippi State DE Kobe Jones announces plans for 2021 season
Kobe Jones is leaving Mississippi State, and he’s taking his game to the next level.
On Friday, Jones released an announcement video on Twitter sharing that he won’t return to the Bulldogs and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft. The defensive end spent five years at Mississippi State (redshirting his freshman season in 2016), but the NCAA is giving all players an extra year of eligibility due to the uncertainty of playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jones, who is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, has been a key member of the Bulldogs’ defense in recent years, playing in 50 games over the past four seasons. During his career, he’s collected 102 tackles (22 of which were for a loss), seven sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
This past season, Jones had a career-high 32 tackles and two sacks in 11 games.
Jones attended Starkville (Miss.) High School, so he decided to stay home when he committed to Mississippi State in February 2016. A former 4-star recruit, he lived up to expectations by performing at a high level for the Bulldogs.
Now, Jones will have to wait to see where he’ll be playing in 2021. The NFL Draft is scheduled to take place April 29-May 1 in Cleveland.
God I can’t thank you enough!Through my experiences at Mississippi State University I confirmed who I am as a player, and ultimately a man. I’m beyond Grateful for the good times, but especially for the trials and tribulations. 🙏🏾🦍 With that being said… #HailStateForever 🖤 pic.twitter.com/rj1uye2Rji
— Kobe Jones (@IAmKobeJones) January 8, 2021