December 18, 2012

Jones updates his recruitment

One of the top players in the state of Michigan for the class of 2013 is defensive back prospect Joshua Jones of Walled Lake Western High School. Jones just finished up an outstanding senior season and he updated SpartanMag.com on his recruitment.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Jones just completed a senior season in which he put up impressive numbers on both sides of the ball. On offense he accounted for 24 touchdowns and on defense he had 95 tackles and 5 interceptions. His play was a main reason why Western was able to advance to the regional finals where they lost to eventual state champions Brother Rice. For his efforts, Jones was selected 1st team All-State and a Detroit Freep Press Dream Team Member.

Jones made a commitment back in the summer to the University of Illinois, but as of right now he is considering other options though he still views himself as an Illini commitment. The Illini struggled this year going winless in the Big Ten and 2-10 overall. Head Coach Tim Beckman is using a combination of high school and JUCO players to try and rebuild the program.

Several BCS schools such as Pittsburgh and North Carolina State have extended Jones a scholarship. Michigan State has not officially offered, but it looks as if that may simply be a situation of Jones and his family sitting down with Mark Dantonio on campus.

Jones talked about his current status:

"I am committed to Illinois, but I am also looking are Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and N.C. State," he said. "I took my official visit to Illinois and it was awesome. I really enjoyed myself. It was a fun experience and I loved the players and the coaches, but I think I owe it to myself to see a few other schools.

Jones understands that the decision he is set to make will dictate where he will be spending the next four to five years of his life. He indicated that he wants to make sure that his choice offers his the best combination of academics and athletics.

"I am looking for a comfortable setting, a nice campus, good coaching staff and a good support system," Jones said. As well as how I fit in with all of the players on the team."

Jones informed us that he will likely make a couple of visit in January and then finalize his college choice prior to signing day. He informed us that he plans on being at Michigan State University the weekend of January 18th.

The 18th is the weekend the Spartans will be hosting almost all of the committed players on official visits as well as a few select recruits like Jones. That weekend will afford him an excellent opportunity to see how he fits in with the members of the Spartan class of 2014 such as Damion Terry, Jon Reschke, Shane Jones, Gerald Holmes and a host of others.

Jones will likely either be in Pittsburgh or Raleigh the week prior to his visit Michigan State.

Matt Dorsey's Take: I have always been high on Jones ability and was confident he would see his stock rise this fall. SpartanMag.com will be coming out with our top 25 players in the sets on December 25 and Jones has an excellent chance of cracking the top 10. Rivals.com has him currently ranked the #15 player in the state.

Jones has some family ties to the state of Illinois so this is not a slam dunk for Michigan State if they do indeed offer as we anticipate. With that said, the Spartans are a proven commodity right now and when it comes to defensive backfield play, Michigan State has dominated the All-Big Ten team since Mark Dantonio ( a former DB and DB Coach) started getting his recruits on the roster.

If the Spartans had 20 scholarships offers, Jones would almost certainly have one. However, the staff needs to evaluate how things go after the bowl game from a NFL departure and program attrition standpoint.


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