February 1, 2009

Jones commits to Dantonio, Michigan State

SpartanMag.com was able to get in contact with Florida safety prospect Jairus Jones of Tampa, Wharton High School tonight and he confirmed to us that he did indeed commit to Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. Jones is likely the final piece of the puzzle to Dantonio's outstanding class of 2009.

Jones informed us via text that he made his college decision earlier this weekend. We asked Jones I he was going to be playing football in college for Michigan State?

"Yes, I committed on Friday night," he said.

Michigan State offered the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect early in the recruiting process and has been actively recruiting him ever since. Jones is rated a 3-star recruit and the #68 athlete prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.

Jones finished up his prep career in style by racking up 188 tackles on defense. Offensively he caught 40 passes for over 800 yards and 12 touchdowns He was selected to the Florida North/South All-Star Squad.

Jones selected the Spartans over an impressive list of offers. Schools such as Iowa, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana all offered him at some point during the recruiting process.

Jones is the son of former Florida Gator and Detroit Lion James Jones. Jones played for the Lions from 1983 to 1988. Jairus lived with his family in Michigan until he was six years old.

Jones becomes the 23 commitment to Michigan State for the class of 2009. The commitment of Jones will likely vault the Spartans back over the Arkansas Razorbacks to the #14 spot in the nation.

Jones was recruited to come to Michigan State by Coach Harlon Barnett. Coach Barnett will also serve as Jones' position coach in college.

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