It was only a few weeks ago when Shane Jones (Cincinnati/Moeller) said he did not have any favorites or a timetable for a decision. A few teams, including Michigan State, impressed him at that point, but a commitment to the Spartans was anything but a foregone conclusion.
Then Jones made a visit to Michigan State this past Thursday and it all but sealed the deal for him.
“I went up to go watch practice on Thursday of last week and coming back I felt so strong about [Michigan State], the coaching staff and the players,” Jones said. “I liked the place and felt this is where I want to be. I was sure of it coming back. I thought about it this weekend and felt strongly enough to pull the trigger.”
Having watched his older brother go through the recruiting process before, Jones did not want to rush into a commitment while on campus and spent the weekend discussing his options with his mother. She asked him a number of questions, and every single answer was in the Spartans’ favor.
“Academics of course was No. 1, how I think I fit in, do I feel comfortable around the campus and the team,” Jones said. “Everything was a yes for me to any question my mom asked. I had no regrets or second thoughts about being at Michigan State.”
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker is the Spartans’ sixth commitment and forms a quality linebacker tandem with ESPN 150 Watch List prospect Jon Reschke. Despite both being listed as outside linebackers, Jones’ versatility should allow each to see the field simultaneously.
“I can play any of the three positions at linebacker,” Jones said. “The biggest thing is learning the system and terminology.”
The Spartans have done a nice job of building a pipeline to Cincinnati Moeller, which is not far from Spartans coach Mark Dantonio’s old stomping ground when he was the coach for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Class of 2012 prospect Monty Madaris signed with the Spartans, and, in 2010, Marcus Rush committed to Michigan State out of Moeller. Former Spartans and All-Big Ten linebacker Greg Jones is also from Moeller.
Jones said Arizona and Oklahoma were two other teams he was high on before committing to Michigan State.