Moeller’s Jones stacking up offers

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Moeller linebacker Shane Jones

February has been a Big Ten month for Moeller junior linebacker Shane Jones. Holding
an offer from Cincinnati going back to December, when the calendar
flipped past January, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Jones added scholarships
from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska.


February has been a Big Ten month for Moeller junior linebacker Shane Jones.

Holding
an offer from Cincinnati going back to December, when the calendar
flipped past January, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Jones added scholarships
from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska.

The Spartans are the latest program to offer, stepping to the table for Jones on Thursday.

“I know they’ve been recruiting Moeller pretty hard these last
few years,” Jones said. He’s been building a relationship with assistant
coach Harlon Barnett. “ They have a few of our guys up there now. I
know they’re a good program and Coach (Mark) Dantonio is doing a nice
job.”

Jones plans to visit Michigan State next weekend, and has a visit set with Michigan for March 10.

“I’ve talked to (Michigan linebackers) Coach (Mark) Smith from up
there,” Jones said. “They want me to come up in the spring to see a
spring practice. Their program, even though it’s a new coaching staff,
it seems like they have everything in place and they’re up and running.”

Jones didn’t know much about Nebraska when assistant Ross Els and the Cornhuskers offered.

“I never would have thought about Nebraska offering me,” Jones
said. “An offer from Cincinnati and Nebraska are two different places.
When they did offer, Coach Els was telling me about all the tradition
they have and what they’re doing and that they’ve been winning.”

Jones is learning about Minnesota and Indiana. Assistant Brian
Anderson is his recruiter for the Gophers, and he’s been in touch with
Deland McCullough from the Hoosiers staff.

“Coach Anderson was telling me Minnesota was a place with a lot
of tradition,” Jones recapped. “He’s telling me they’re definitely going
to turn it around there soon.

“I have to get up to Indiana and see it. Coach McCullough was
telling me about the new facilities they have going and the new players
and everything and that they’re buying into the new system and
everything.”

As a junior, Jones had 90 tackles including 9.5 stops for loss, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Perhaps it will soon turn into an SEC kind of month for Jones as well. He’ll visit Kentucky on Saturday.

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