Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/18/14
As we learn every year in the lead-up to Signing Day, there are both gifts and curses to being a top high school football recruit. For all the pomp and circumstance that comes with committing to one of college football’s top programs, so too come the stresses; stresses that in the past have impacted the decisions of some of the biggest names in high school football, from Terrelle Pryor to Cyrus Kouandjio and Landon Collins as well. Sometimes though the curse of college football recruitment goes beyond just stress and unfortunately in rare cases even elevates to the threat of bodily harm, something that five-star Chris Jones claims he has had to deal with over the last couple days. As Jones remains committed to Mississippi State he is also seriously considering Ole Miss, a fact which has allegedly led some fans to some pretty extreme, and downright scary behavior.  Here is what Jones told ESPN Insider’s Kipp Adams about the hectic last couple days (subscription required to read): "It was a crazy weekend," Jones said. "I received death threats, insane messages, you name it. 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 all right for me, and in the end, I am very blessed to have this opportunity to play for either in-state school." Not exactly the land of rainbows and butterflies that most people make recruiting out to be, huh? Either way, Jones’ recruitment will be one of the more interesting ones in the lead-up to Signing Day, as the 6’5, 250 lb. defensive end has become a lightning rod within the state’s borders. Jones has been committed to State since back in June of last year, and given where he was raised (Houston is considered to be a “Mississippi State” town), seemed intent on spending his college years as a Bulldog. However, over the last few weeks, Jones has seemed genuinely conflicted, culminating with a surprise official visit to Ole Miss last weekend. The story only gets crazier when -- according to this fascinating report by the Jackson Clarion Ledger -- Jones actually spent part of this past weekend at both schools. It’s safe to say that Jones will be one of the more interesting names to keep an eye on as we get closer to Signing Day. At this point, it seems like even himself isn’t totally sure where he’ll end up. Wherever it is, it’s sure to upset plenty of fans. For all his insight, analysis and opinion on college football, be sure to follow Aaron on Twitter @Aaron_Torres. Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter @CrystalBallRun.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final with Game 7 win

Devon Still: Daughter has complications with transplant

Rivers denies report of problems with CP3 and Jordan

Orlando Magic hope Skiles can right sinking ship

Falcons waive Shembo over animal cruelty charges

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Tom Brady’s suspension appeal hearing set for June 23

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Scout: A-Rod 'looks like he doesn't give a (expletive)'

Belichick mum on Deflategate in first remarks since discipline

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Bucs veterans missing Jameis while he's at rookie symposium

WATCH: Josh Hamilton hits first two homers of the season

Did Andrew Bogut take a shot at Mark Jackson?

$70 million Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

If the Warriors win the NBA title, the parade will be for Oakland

SEC no longer allows transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

Klay Thompson officially diagnosed with concussion

Snoop Dogg hooks Texas A&M up with adidas cleats

WATCH: Stephen Curry rides a mini-horse

Metta World Peace gets ejected after five fouls in one minute

On satellite camps and the SEC crying over its self-protections

Four NFL quarterbacks set to take a step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final with Game 7 win

Devon Still's daughter has complications with transplant

$70M Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

If the Warriors win the title, the parade will be for Oakland

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Four QBs set to take step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Chip Kelly: Tebow is a quarterback

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.