"They (Michigan State) are the biggest offer I've gotten so far. Last Friday, Coach Dantonio called Coach (Al) Fracassa and they talked for a long time, about thirty minutes. Coach Fracassa said Coach Dantonio was investigating me and on Monday he told me to call my Michigan State recruiter Coach Salem.
"So I called him and we spoke for a few minutes and then he put Coach Dantonio on the phone and Coach Dantonio told me they would be offering me a full-ride scholarship."
So was Jon happy about the Spartans offer?
"Yes, definitely. I had gone to their camp and had a great camp. It was probably my best camp this year. I had a 37 inch vertical and ran a 4.69 forty and weight 220-pounds. I also did well on the one-on-ones and they were really interested in me after that.
"They were interested in me before this as I had gone to their spring game and a couple of practices. But they finally offered."
While Jon may still have two years in high school it seems the Spartans coaching staff already has his future planned out. Will it be as a middle linebacker?
"Yes, they are recruiting me as a middle linebacker and they see me filling in for Max Bullough after he graduates. When I get there he'll be a senior so I would learn a lot playing behind him as he's going to be a great middle linebacker."
So is Jon ready to be a Spartan?
"No not yet. I want to play things out. I want to play this season and focus on winning a state championship first. But before my senior year, I would like to make my decision."
Jon did not have to go far to learn more about Mark Dantonio and being a Spartan.
"Mark Goebel is one of our coaches and I talked with him a little tonight. He went to Michigan State and Coach Dantonio was his coach. My dad also played there back in 1979. He was a defensive end there."
During the past several months Jon has visited campus a couple of times and came away impressed by what he's seen.
" When I went up there for practice and the spring game there was just an atmosphere unlike other schools. All the players were very focused as one big family and I love what Coach Dantonio is doing to the team."
With the Spartans being his first big offer, does it help their chances?
"Yes, that definitely helps. That first big offer is definitely important to me. It shows they are interested and that they are willing to bet on me being really good and I like that."
As for his abilities on the field, Jon had no problem pointing out areas he feels need improvement and some where he's strong.
"My strength is definitely my speed, size and strength and my quickness on the ball. Some of my weaknesses are last year I played weak side defensive end and some linebacker. But this season I'll be playing all middle linebacker, so that is a weakness even though I've played middle linebacker my whole life."
With a father who is a former Spartan, did Jon grow up a fan of the Green & White?
"I grew up a Spartan fan. I never really had a favorite between Michigan and Michigan State. But I love Michigan State of course. I was always a Spartan fan."
So is Jon ready to place his name as the first commitment for the Class of 2013?
"I still just want to look at how things play out and if I can come into the program and play. That is what Michigan State is looking at me to do as they want me to come in my sophomore year and be the middle linebacker and I love that."
One thing that has caught his eye has been the play of former Spartan middle linebacker Greg Jones and how the defense is directed by the man in the middle.
"For sure, I love that. The way Greg Jones played the last couple of years was great. I like how the defense revolves around the middle linebacker for sure. When I was up for camp they had me running at middle linebacker every single play during 7x7 and getting to make some of the calls. I liked that a lot."
So does he feel his father will be pushing for him to be a Spartan?
"My dad wants me to play where I want to play. He's going to want me to go to Michigan State, but he doesn't care where I go. He just wants me to be happy and wants me to play. Whatever is the best opportunity for me."
Does Jon hope to be the first pledge in his class?
"I could be but I just want to see how things play out and then we'll see when we get there. After the season definitely there is a chance."
One of the things Jon did get a feel for was the coaching of Spartans linebacker coach Mike Tressel and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
"I spent a lot of time with Coach Tressel and I like him a lot. When I was up at camp he was teaching me one-on-one stuff and I loved it. He spent a lot of time teaching and coaching with me. Coach Narduzzi is very energetic and he's a lot like one of my defensive coaches right now Coach Cochran who played professional football. He reminds me a lot of Coach Narduzzi and I like it."
While Jon sounded like his future could be in the Green & White, time will only tell as he's got two more years to play in high school. Spartan Digest will continue following Jon as he continues his recruiting journey.