One of the top receivers on the Coast has committed to play football at Southern Miss.
Biloxi senior receiver Tim Jones announced Monday that he plans to sign with the Golden Eagles in February.
“I just love the school,” Jones said. “I love the coaches. I love their football program. It's not that far from home. I just love everything about it.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jones is an athletic and strong receiver who was a four-year standout for the Indians.
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As a senior, Jones caught 45 passes for 744 yards and seven touchdowns in an offense that put more emphasis on the ground game.
Jones also received scholarship offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Troy, Texas-San Antonio, Nicholls State, South Alabama and Tulane.
“It was just stressing me out a little bit with people asking when I was going to commit,” Jones said. “I finally made my decision and I feel good about it.”
Jones was a key part of the Biloxi offense starting as a freshman. He finished his high school career with 209 catches for 3,524 yards and 29 touchdowns. His biggest season came as a sophomore when he pulled in 100 passes for 1,364 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jones said that USM had been the most persistent program in his recruitment in recent weeks.
“It's been a little quiet lately” Jones said. “Southern Miss has been the only college to stay in touch and staff. They've been constantly texting my phone and stuff like that.”
Jones said he called USM head coach Jay Hopson to inform him of his decision.
“He's fired up, excited about everything,” Jones said.
Jones feels like he'll have plenty of passes thrown his way at USM. He played in a pass-happy offense under former Biloxi head coach John Shannon his first two years before Bobby Hall installed a more run-oriented offense the last two years.
“I like how they pass the ball,” Jones said. “I went to one of their games this year. They're not a dominant run offense.”
While he's developed a reputation as a big-play receiver, Jones is a low-key character off the field.
“I'm quiet, but I can do a lot of different things,” he said. “I'm not the type to put myself out there. I'll sneak up on you.”