Mike Jones Commits To Michigan

Submitted by Brian on August 4th, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Michigan was expecting a commitment today, but not in football. Mike Jones doesn't care, as the three-star Florida safety dropped to Michigan today($). Informative update coming.

Informative Update: As previously mentioned, I would have preferred it if Jones was named "Frobozz Tamoshanter," as then he would not share a name with a popular rapper and a million other people. But I'm dealing.

Jones is a high three-star to Rivals. ESPN says "he should work for Craftsman" because he has the tools to play safety or outside linebacker, then spends the bulk of their scouting report talking about his blitzing:

Exceptional edge blitzer that has great timing and quickness; speed rushes by the offensive tackle before he can get set. Offensive backs can't or won't block him when blitzing off the edge; really creates havoc in the backfield. Does a great job of using his hands to shed blockers in order to get to the ball carrier. Likes to hit and really delivers when tackling but needs to be more consistent at bringing his legs.

They rate him a 77, which is the ESPN equivalent of a high three star. Scout is a little bit less enthusiastic than the other sites, giving him three stars and ranking him the #47 safety -- the last four star is #23.

All that is less than inspiring, but there are a couple good reasons he's down the list. An injury knocked him out five games into Edgewater's season (and by that time he'd collected 56 tackles, 8 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles) and he's not going to any of the camps on offer by recruiting sites. A couple months ago he basically resolved he'd be going to Michigan or Notre Dame, removing the need to hunt for more offers.

Speaking of: There's some confusion about whether or not Jones actually had a Notre Dame offer or not. He reported one earlier in the year, then reported he didn't have one after M/ND unofficials. But maybe that changed?

Edgewater safety Mike Jones committed to Michigan on Thursday, the day of his 18th birthday. Jones said he chose between Notre Dame and Michigan.

The safety said Michigan started recruiting him "from day one," and when the the Wolverines hired former West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia coaches began recruiting him. He said he had offers from Auburn, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Kentucky, South Florida, and UCF.

The other big offer on that list is Auburn; other than that pretty eh, so a Notre Dame offer would be of note. The only thing I can find on it is a guy named "RichmondIrish" on MSNBC saying that he "got an update" to the effect that "jones didn't get offered by ND, but said they are very close to doing so." There's some further chatter to the same effect. Those guys were probably lifting information from ND premium boards and their impressions are probably accurate. FWIW.

(Sidenote: Let's hope these guys are right: "roh [AZ DE Craig Roh] is going to be tough to pull from Michigan. he said they are his top school as of now." FWIW, Sam Webb was also very positive about Michigan's chances for Roh on WTKA a few days ago.)

One other note of interest: Jones intends to enroll early.

Editorial Opinion: Jones is probably destined for OLB and I'll move him there on the recruiting board. Yes, another three star from the South without offers from instate schools and I admit to being a little concerned by the prevalence of these guys, but that's another post. One happy note: given the injury it's possible he's underrated.

Comments

jb

August 3rd, 2008 at 9:15 PM ^

I just watched this kids video highlights on RIvals. I like his motor and he seems real aggressive. He needs to work on his lateral movement and he plays a bit high. Other than that he reminds me of an Ernest Shazor. Can somebody remind me of why Shazor left early for the NFL??? Must be all his classes with Hagen were finished and he couldn't pass the rest. LOL JB "This just in OSU lawmakers are corrupt soulless bastards." ESPN "NO SHIT" (every UM fan)

Tim Waymen

August 4th, 2008 at 11:40 AM ^

Craig Roh would be a good addition. A 4* DE? Please let it be so. I posted this in the thread on Darius Morris, and some guy was like, "are you sure you're in the right place?" Hey, I'll post wherever the hell I damn well please. When I have questions, I seek answers right away. Anyways, Rivals has something about William Campbell being moved to OL. I'm not a subscriber though. What's that all about? That seems like it would be an awful waste of the #3 DT and a way of getting him to de-commit from Michigan.

Jorel

August 4th, 2008 at 11:52 AM ^

No question that either Jones or Isaiah Bell is an OLB, the other a strong safety and Justin Turner a free safety. So, now let's get some CBs!

chitownblue (not verified)

August 4th, 2008 at 12:41 PM ^

Tim, I read the article - it seems largely based on an off-hand comment that Campbell made. He has, FWIW, started at offensive tackle for all of last year, and will play it this year. He also played it some in camps. He said he wants to play whichever position has less depth ahead of him.