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Death threats to a recruit? Yes, Chris Jones tells ESPN

Do you believe Jones?

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If you haven't already, you will likely hear about a recruit receiving death threats over the weekend. The recruit? Chris Jones, of Houston (Miss.) High School.

Jones is one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the country. He's a consensus five-star. One recruiting service goes so far as to call him the No. 2 player in the country, behind the consensus No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche.

Committed to Mississippi State for months, Jones has made multiple visits to Ole Miss over the last few weeks, and it's caused quite a stir in the Mississippi State fanbase. Jones has also added to the craziness by lying to reporters and saying that he was not visiting Ole Miss, when multiple independent reports to the contrary continued to be published.

One of those reports was by ESPN's Kipp Adams, who interviewed Jones Sunday night:

"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 alright for me, and in the end, I am very blessed to have this opportunity to play for either in-state school."

Death threats. For a high school kid. It's shocking, and shows the craziness that is college football.

But did it happen?

Can we really believe Jones, particularly after he has shown that he has no qualms about lying to reporters in recent weeks? Cynics will say the death threat line is a convenient ploy to distract from the lies Jones told to reporters over the weekend.

I have a lot of respect for Kipp Adams. He's one of the most seasoned and professional reporters in the recruiting business. And to his credit, he did not make the story about the death threats. He keeps it about Jones' recruitment.

I'm just not sure that I believe it without seeing screen shots or hearing a recording. And even then, after the Manti Te'o story, even that must be questioned.

That's not to say I don't believe Jones. I tend to think he's being truthful because I've seen the absurd overreactions people to have to the choices made by recruits via social media.

All it takes is one crazy fan or two to cross the line and press send. And college players have certainly received death threats in the past.

I don't think someone crazy enough to send a death threat over football is necessarily the type to be so discerning as to not send one just because the player in question happens to be a senior in high school and not a freshman in college.

Of course, it goes without saying that stuff like this should not happen.