Ty Jones

Ty Jones talks to teammates during a practice at Bay Springs High School.

Not yet 15, and two games into his high school varsity career, freshman running back Ty Jones has a Division 1 offer. Wednesday morning, Mississippi State extended an offer to the Bay Springs product.

"Usually after Week 1 and Week 2, we send out film," said Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady. "We usually send the film to in-state colleges, and Coach Adams from Mississippi State contacted me about Ty [Jones]. He liked his [physical] build and how he played.

"On Tuesday, he offered Ty. That's a huge deal being that Ty is just a 14-year-old freshman."

In his first two varsity starts, the young freshman running back has accumulated a team-high 312 yards on 29 carries - an average of 10.8 yards per carry. He also leads the team in touchdowns with four.

"I spoke to Ty right after the offer," added Brady. "I told him the ball was in his court, and it was up to him now. He had to do the things he had to do to make sure that offer would still be good [years later].

Brady took notice of Jones before he ever joined the varsity ranks at Bay Springs.

“In junior high, I didn’t see Jones get tackled but a handful of times in his two years. I knew from the first day I saw him after Coach Graham and Coach Young showed me who he was that Ty would be special. Ty has all the tools and has all the tangibles you want to be the best that’s ever walked the halls of Bay Springs. But where he ranks among the best right now, I don’t know.

“Talent is talent, [though]. I think Mississippi State made a great decision. I think other schools are going to jump on board now. I hope Ty continues to work and remains grounded.”

"We feel very blessed for the offer from Mississippi State," said Jones' father, Ricky Jones. "I really want him to focus on his grades and just enjoy being a high school player. There is a lot of football ahead of him. Our whole family is proud of him and we're just gonna enjoy watching him play over the next few years."

Jones and the Bulldogs (2-0) face 1A foe Lumberton Friday night at home. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Sports Editor

James is a graduate of Stringer High School and Jones County Junior College. He is an award-winning AP and MS Press photographer, writer, and layout designer.

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