The offers have been coming in so fast for Shane Jones (Cincinnati/Moeller) that the linebacker can no longer keep count of how many he has.
“It’s like 14 or 15,” Jones said laughing.
Jones picked up two more offers on Wednesday when Louisville and Pittsburgh offered the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker.
Of all the programs to offer Jones, he might be the most familiar with Pitt, where his brother, Eric Thatcher, played his college football.
“He’s actually been telling me to watch out [for an offer] because he’s been to Pittsburgh a few times around the coaches and they liked me,” Jones said. “He said ‘Just be ready because they might end up calling.’ He probably knew more than I did.”
Thatcher’s last season at Pitt was 2008, and Jones remembers frequently going to Pitt’s home games and spring practices during Thatcher’s career there. Jones was not at Pitt's upset win at West Virginia that prevented a national championship bid for the Mountaineers, but his brother told him a lot about it.
“I remember him mostly telling me about all the trash he was talking about West Virginia and how crazy it was to be in that situation,” Jones said.
The Louisville offer surprised Jones, but not because the Cardinals were offering. It was the way the Cardinals offered that caught him off guard.
“I get on Facebook last night and in my messages I see a message from coach [Charlie Strong] saying ‘I want to make sure you know you have an offer,’” Jones said. “I kind of laughed because it was funny to me. I never thought it’d be done like that.”
Arguably Jones’ biggest offer came last week when Oklahoma once again went into Ohio to tender a scholarship. Jones spoke with Sooners linebackers coach Tim Kish and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
Up until this year, Oklahoma has not recruited Ohio much. With the addition of Kish to the staff, though, the Sooners have hit the Buckeye State hard. Kish grew up in southwest Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green.
“I felt blessed [by the offer]. It was a lot of hard work that went into last season for me,” Jones said. “The process started out slow and is starting to pick up. Now it’s going crazy.”
Jones does not have any favorites, but he will visit Michigan on Mar. 10 and Illinois the following week.
As a junior, Jones tore his labrum in his left shoulder but still managed to secure roughly 90 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles.