June 29, 2009
Jones is high on the Spartan radar
Wide receiver Tony Jones of Grand Blanc High School has quietly been going about his business the past few months. His business has been catching passes and hauling in scholarship offers. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect last night and got the latest on his recruitment.
Jones has been traveling around the country hitting camps and taking unofficial visits to many of the schools that are actively recruiting him. His most recent visit was to California to check out the Stanford Cardinal. We asked him about his current scholarship count and his future plans.
"I have 19 scholarships now," Jones said. "I'm visiting Purdue and Missouri next and I still have northwestern and MSU's camps left."
Michigan State is one of the 19 schools that has already extended Jones a scholarship. In addition to the Spartans, other Big Ten teams such as Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue and Indiana have also have also thrown their hat into the ring.
With such an active camp and visit schedule this summer is likely that Jones will make his decision in the near future?
"I would love to make my decision before the season but I'm in no rush," he said "If it takes me longer then that's fine too. This is a decision that will greatly affect my future so I want to be certain that I'm making the best decision. I'm looking for a program that will not only develop me as a football player but as a man."
One aspect that could help the Spartans chances with Jones is the fact that they recently received a commitment from All-American quarterback Joe Boisture of Saline High School. Until recently Boisture attended Goodrich High School which is right next to Grand Blanc. Jones and Boisture have a strong friendship.
"I've been friends with Joe since we were 8," Jones said. "We've won numerous AAU Basketball State Championships together. He was also my first QB! That would be amazing to play with Joe again. We still workout together. Joe has just always been a very hard worker and it has definitely showed. He's the type of QB that makes a WRs jobs much easier. Being such good friends with Joe is definitely a plus as far as me considering becoming a Spartan as well."
Jones is currently ranked a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com. However, he is not ranked as one of the top 80 players at his position. That ranking seems low based on his impressive scholarship list. Jones scholarship count is more indicative of someone who is close to being ranked a 4-star recruit and one of the top 50 players in the nation.
SpartanMag.com has Jones as the #11 player in the state of Michigan for the class of 2010 in our pre-camps rankings. Both the state and national rankings will be updated during the month of July.
The next few weeks could be key in the recruitment of Jones. Michigan State will likely only be taking 1 or 2 more wide receivers at the most. The Spartans July camp will likely go a long way toward determining who some of the next few commitments to the Green and White will be for the class of 2010.
If the Spartans do secure a commitmet from Jones it will just be another great example of Mark Dantonio making the homefront a top priority for Michigan State University.
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