Mississippi State 4-star wide receiver Dontea Jones (Louisville), tweeted Saturday morning that his shoulder will require surgery after injuring it Friday night at Aberdeen.
Jones will miss the remainder of his senior season.
Jones had missed the last three weeks with a sprained MCL and torn meniscus in his left knee. He didn’t expect surgery to be necessary.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect will next be on the field for Mississippi State. He says he has enjoyed his recruitment. And he had some positive things to say about the No. 1 Bulldogs, as well as their arch rival. Jones is glad the Rebels are having Mississippi success, but he’s clear – and smiling – on where he stands when the Egg Bowl rolls around.
“Like to the death of me, I’m a Bulldog, man. I love Mississippi State to the end,” he said.
Jones, ranked by 247Sports as Mississippi’s seventh-best prospect, said MSU coaches constantly checked in on him after his knee injury, making sure he was seeing his doctor.
“They really showed me the most love out of anybody,” Jones said. “I’ve been to every home game this year. As they say, defense actually wins games. They win championships. To me, they’ve got the No. 1 defense in the country. It just really excites me to be part of that future.”
With Ole Miss right behind the Bulldogs at No. 3 entering Saturday, the state of Mississippi is abuzz, with some sacrilegiously even pulling for both teams.
From Jones’ eyes, he likes to see what the state is doing with his own contemporaries, keeping Mississippi talent in Mississippi a big part of keying the runs for both schools.
He has his chance to go elsewhere. Along with Ole Miss, Florida, Tennessee and Miami are among his suitors.
“I like what the whole state’s doing. They’re putting on for Mississippi,” Jones said. “Mostly, it’s been Alabama and teams like Florida and Texas, Texas A&M. They’re just showing that Mississippi kids, they can compete with the best of them. They can play hard. They can come out on top.
“But to the end, I’m still a Bulldog. The Rebels, they’re doing pretty good right now. I’m just waiting of the Egg Bowl.”
Here is more with Jones.