At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
As reported by Scout's Allen Trieu, Michigan has picked up a commitment from Westland (MI) John Glenn WR Da'Mario Jones, who was previously a Central Michigan commit until getting a coveted Wolverine offer today:
"Actually, I was in my school library, and Coach Borges called and I picked up the phone and he said they gave me a full ride. I talked it over with my parents and we felt it was the best thing for me to do. I'm officially decommitted from Central Michigan."
Jones camped at Michigan, went to the BBQ at the Big House, and several games this year, but he says the relationship with the school began much earlier than that.
"Michigan is where it all started. They influenced me into playing, so it wasn't hard to the make decision based off that. We visited several times and I liked the area, the city is close to home, and everything's right."
The timing of the offer leads me to believe that picking up Jones is a response to Gareon Conley's probable decommitment and not an indication that Michigan is out of the running with IL WR Laquon Treadwell; Sam Webb believes the same. Jones is Michigan's third wide receiver pledge in the 2013 class—joining Jaron Dukes and Csont'e York—and, at least for the moment, their 23rd commitment overall.
3*, 78, #77 WR
3*, 84, #151 WR
Jones, who plays in a run-heavy attack at John Glenn, is currently very much under the radar, garnering three-star rankings from two of the four services. All four sites list him at 6'2" and between 185 and 195 pounds; with Michigan recruiting a lot of taller, bulkier wideouts, this suggests that he's destined for the slot.
There's not a whole lot out there scouting-wise on Jones, but we do get an evaluation from ESPN [emphasis mine] ($):
Jones has intriguing qualities and growth upside. He may not be a great speed guy, but is fast enough. Has a good solid frame to work with, needs to add strength, but possesses very good measurables. Shows adequate-to-good speed on tape. Has good height and arm length. Long strider that has good, but not great quickness and is pretty high cut. Has some ability to stop and start, but lacks elite explosion. ... Puts his shoulder down and fights for extra yards. Gives up his body to get the ball in traffic. ... Can be inconsistent as a catcher, shows ability to snatch the ball out of the air, away from his body, but also is a body catcher. Needs to develop in this area, has ability and does not seem to fight the football. Solid route runner that can get in and out of breaks. Runs a variety of routes and is well versed in getting DBs set up one-on-one. Does a good job of coming out of speed cuts and adjusting to the football, but high cut build limits fluidity and lateral agility. Good, but not great with the ball in his hands. ... Needs to add strength and bulk to improve his blocking. Jones grows on you the more you watch him and could be a BCS/non-BCS conference level prospect.
This is pretty much what you'd expect from a sleeper recruit that eventually earns a big-time offer—decent but not spectacular physical tools, raw ability, and room to grow both physically and technically.
Tim Sullivan made it out to see Jones in action earlier this fall, coming away impressed with his effort blocking downfield and inconclusive about his receiving ability due to a lack of targets ($):
Michigan has given Jones a hard look as a backup option at wide receiver, and it's easy to see why. Though he has a reputation as a slot-type receiver, he has good height (6-2) and his 185-pound mass looks to be solidly packed onto his frame. He still showed good burst, and though he didn't have the sudden acceleration of a Steve Breaston-type, he builds up a head of steam quickly, and can change directions without losing too much of that momentum.
With the ball in his hands, Jones was able to cut in and out of traffic, and although his help up front wasn't great, he was able to grind out some yardage. He was hardly targeted as a wideout in Glenn's run-heavy offense (one reason he only holds MAC offers, despite his talent), and didn't even get a chance to show much route-running polish, either.
Jones talked about himself a little bit in the wake of camping at Michigan this summer to 247's Todd Worly ($):
“I talk to them every two weeks or so,” Jones said. “At camp, they said I run good routes, I have better ball skills, and they said I have great speed – that I can flat-out fly. I sent them my highlight tape, and they said they’re interested in it and that there are things they like. I hope they see some things they like and make a move.”
As you'll see on his tape, Jones does possess above-average speed—somewhat deceptive speed due to a long stride—and the ability to go up and get the ball in the air, though as the ESPN evaluation says he sometimes allows the ball to get into his body.
Aside from Michigan, Jones held offers from Central Michigan, Bowling Green, New Mexico, Ohio, and Toledo. Scout also lists interest but no offer from Michigan State and Penn State—he camped at MSU and took an unofficial to PSU in March, per 247.
No stats that I can find in a quick search.
FAKE 40 TIME
Jones claims a 4.47 40 time from MSU's camp and a 4.50 at Ohio State, as well as a 10.9-second 100-meter dash ($). The 100 time is more believable than the 40 time to me, since his top-end speed looks better than his off-the-line acceleration. I'll give the 4.47 a four FAKEs out of five.
Jones is the only receiver in this class who looks like he could find a home in the slot. Since the only other slot receivers slated to be on the roster next year—Jeremy Gallon and The Threat—will both be seniors, Jones could find himself with a role early on in his career. With Gallon and Dileo around in 2013 and Jones needing a fair amount of development, I expect him to take a redshirt year, but after that he should have a shot to see the field. Much will depend on the direction Al Borges takes the offense post-Denard (or post-Gardner); if he goes to more two-TE sets with a lot of Funchess in the slot, which is expected, Jones may have a very limited role. If more spread elements remain, however, we could see him a fair amount moving forward.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
As said above, this is likely a reaction to the impending loss of Gareon Conley—who, while committed as a corner, may have had a chance to switch to wide receiver—and not a backup plan for missing out on Laquon Treadwell. As such, Michigan will continue to heavily pursue Treadwell, VA RB Derrick Green, and FL DB Leon McQuay III—the ideal Conley replacement—as well as an offensive lineman to take the spot formerly held by David Dawson.
The idea that this ties in to Conley does not make sense to me. Conley hasn't decommitted. If he decommitted, THEN Jones was offered, I could see it all tying together. But you don't go out an offer a kid who has nothing but MAC offers because you think you might lose a commitment from someone else. Because if Conley decommitted a month or two months from from now, Jones would still be sitting there as a real option probably. So there would be no need to push it forward now, before the Conley situation has been settled.
I actually think that speaks more highly of Jones too. They didn't have to offer him now, but they did anyway.
Wasn't he supposed to talk to Hoke last night? If that happened, and Conley told him he was visiting OSU/Oregon then he's gone. Which would explain an offer going out today. Just because the news hasn't hit the internets, doesn't mean it hasn't happened.
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FALSE. Just because he talked to Hoke and might visit does NOT mean he's gone. I don't understand why people seem to not understand this. The reason why Dawson and Brown were shown the door is because they were not men about it. Instead, they tried to hide their actions and get around the rule. Now, Conley knows the rule but wants to make sure he's 100% set on Michigan. He's been open and straight foward with the coaches and discussed everything with them. Conley has not decommitted yet and Michigan has not parted ways with him, there is probably a good reason for that. We don't know exactly what Hoke's stance is when it comes to this exact situation. My guess? He tells Conley sure take your visits but we won't hold a spot for you. If you go on those visits and then you know you want to come here, then get ahold of us. If there's a spot Conley can re-comfirm his commitment. If there's not a spot, it's all on Conley for taking those visits.
Hoke isn't some jerk, he just wants these kids to act like men and keep their word. There's nothing to suggest he would show the door to someone like Conley, at all. For all we know, Hoke will allow him to take visits and when he's done taking those allow him a chance to stick with Michigan. This is more about the secretive, behind the back stuff than it is about making sure you make the best decision for yourself. I just can't stand people wanting to make it that. Hoke didn't get rid of Dawson and Brown just because they wanted to make sure they were making the correct life choice. He got rid of them because they weren't man enough to come to him, like Conley, and tried to sneak around on him.
Then he will violate coach Hoke's recruiting conduct and his verbal commit will be over and Hoke will look for a kid who will want to be here.
I think this commit is just a coincidence and Hoke and Borges had Jones targeted and decided to offer now. He has the potential to become a good slot receiver. Best of luck to him at Michigan and hopefully in a few years he will be contributing to the team. Congrats Mr. Jones!
Come on, guys. We're fine. We still have a top 5 class even after losing Conley (potentially) and Dawson. AND we still have a great shot at all three elite prospects mentioned above. Those of you who are freaking out that this will steal Treadwell's spot, well if you don't friggin' remember..... Treadwell just announced last week(?) that he's taking an OFFICIAL to Michigan. I highly doubt the coaches would give up on Treadwell after that announcement, and if this commitment would really hurt our shot with him, I feel like the coaches maybe would have held off a little longer before offering Da'Mario. We still could snag all three elite recruits, and this hurts them none.
So just shut your traps, and welcome our new friend, Da'Mario Jones. He could be The Threat 2.0 but 6 inches taller, you never know. I have high hopes for the kid, especially if he's a slot type; fyi WE NEED THOSE.
When is the last time we have had a receiver that can go against a respectable DB and actually get open on his own? Im not talking about someone who can go out and grab a jump ball, settle savvily into a zone, or be the lucky slot receiver on RR's amazing zone read plays that can basically crawl into the endzone.
While Im sure our WRs are going to be blocking like whoa in a few years, my plummetting confidence in Borges has me yearning from athletes, not skill position guys that "don't have high top ends, but are really coachable and have great body control."
I know that our recieving core is a little thin, or just not had the oppertunity to catch a lot of passes. With that in mind, I have a question:
I know that the mind of highschoolers are had to fathom, mine was in highschool. But how much do you think potential WR recruits look at depth and quality already on the roster and use that to inform their decision.?
I do not follow recruiting too closly, but I have noticed that players sometimes commet to school that are already filled in the same way that people choose the line that is the longest at fairs other other locations because for some reason think that line islongest because what is at the end must be better..
I hope no recruits comet to Michigan because that would destroy the university.
Most schools that recruit at a high level will get kids no matter how loaded they are at a certain position. If the recruit happens to be a highly rated prospect, he probably has the confidence to think he can contribute right away anyways.
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I wonder what the coaches at CMU are thinking ... "Oh crap, lost another."
It must just be part of the process at MAC schools. They offer a bunch, get commitments from some, lose some of those to Big 10 schools, and when the dust settles they compete with what they get against the other schools in their conference.
Still, it must take some serious zen-mojo to just shrug that off time and again and keep going.
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