Jones chose Mark Dantonio’s Spartans over 18 other schools with offers including fellow Big Ten teams Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Purdue. Recruiter Harlon Barnett and his January 18th visit earned Jones’ pledge.
The four-star inside linebacker chose to only visit Michigan State and committed to the Spartans April 16, 2012. He opted to move outside of the state of Ohio, where he attended Archbishop Moeller High School, despite the fact that both Akron and Ohio provided him with offers. His commitment came long before he visited the university, however, he will be the fourth student from Moeller to attend Michigan State and suit up in the Green and White. The 6’1″ and 285 linebacker was the 6th verbal commitment for Michigan State last year. He was partially influenced by his desire to play with teammates Marcus Rush and Monty Madaris.
Jones is the first signee of the day, adding to a class that seems ready to add up to 18 players in total (according to verbal commitments). Of the 18 possible signees, there are two linebackers, counting Jones. He will be replacing senior Steve Gardiner, who was a four-year letterwinner and collected 43 tackles in 44 career games. Jones comes in as the AP Division I Defensive Player of the Year. In his senior year, he recorded a career-best 130 tackles with 13.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks. He will be a valuable addition to the Michigan State team.
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