HOUSTON, Miss. -- Recruiting in the Southeastern Conference already had plenty of stories. Chris Jones may have raised the bar.
The 5-star defensive end from Houston (Miss.) High School chose Mississippi State over Ole Miss Wednesday morning on national signing day.
It wasn't as easy as picking up a hat though, and the regular SEC suspects aren't involved. Trade Alabama and LSU for Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Ole Miss came into the picture heavily two weeks before signing day after Jones (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) made two late-night secretive visits to Oxford that stirred Rebel fans.
The twists and turns continued all the way into signing day as Jones said he didn't make a final decision until 6 a.m., three hours before his press conference.
"To tell you the truth I considered flipping. I was 80 percent on flipping until this morning I talked to both coaches," Jones said. "I felt like Mississippi State was the best fit for me."
His mom commented to reporters minutes before Jo...