November 27, 2012
RB Jones maintains interest in MSU
One of the top running back prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2014 will be Jeff Jones of Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with Jones and has some details on his recruitment and what his future plans are.
Based on the high-level of early offers that Jones has received, he will likely be one of the most sought after prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2014. Jones talked about his current level of offers and what his current focus is.
"Right now I have 7 or 8 offers and I am very open at this point," Jones stated. "I am not trying to think about getting the offers this early so I will not get a big head. I am trying to focus on basketball and I want to get out and see some schools."
Along with Michigan State, Jones also holds scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Syracuse and Iowa State. Several additional schools are showing interest such as Nebraska, Notre Dame and Penn State. We asked Jones about his thoughts on Michigan State and if he was able to check out any Big Ten games this fall.
"I like Michigan State a lot," Jones said. "I have not heard from them as of late, but I would like to learn more. The only visit I took was down to Iowa to see them play Purdue."
The 6-foot-, 195-pound Jones was not at the Minnesota game this weekend so he missed Spartan running back Le'Veon Bell go for 266-yards on 35 carries in the 26-10 win over the Gophers. Jones considers himself a running back that like Bell can make people miss as well as make the hard yards after contact.
Jones had a strong season this fall for Washburn High School. He helped lead his team to a 6-3 record overall by rushing for 1002-yards on just 111 carries (9.0 ypc) and scored 13 touchdowns.
One of the reasons why Jones is not really focused on recruiting at this point is due to the fact that he wants to help Washburn High get back to the state championship in basketball. Last year Washburn was defeated by an overtime buzzer beater by DeLaSalle High School in the 3A Finals. Jones is expected to play an important role this winter as the Millers look to get back on top.
One aspect we did ask Jones about is whether or not distance will be a factor in his decision making process.
"No, I am willing to go away for college," he stated. "It is all about finding the school that is the best fit for me."
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Jones in the coming months. At this point in his recruitment Jones is wide-open and he may not get out to see other schools until the spring time when basketball season is over. The Spartan staff may try and host him on campus in April when the Green and White Game is played.
Minnesota has not been an area that Michigan State has actively recruited in the past, but with running back Coach Brad Salem servicing as the primary recruiter, look for that to change. The Spartans will make a concerted effort to get Jones in East Lansing so he can see what the program has to offer and how he could fit in.
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