Pack, Spartans Lead for Jones

Pack Pride talks with Tampa (Fla.) Wharton safety Jairus Jones about his top two schools.

Safety Jairus Jones is one of the most coveted defensive backs from the Sunshine State and as such has received plenty of attention throughout the recruiting process.

At 6-1 and 205 pounds, Jones packs a punch from his safety position. He excels both in coverage and in run support and his senior season was a demonstration of his versatility and intensity. On the year Jones recorded an eye-popping 188 tackles with four interceptions while scoring 18 touchdowns on offense.

Jones is not ready to make a decision just yet but there are two schools that have separated themselves from the pack.

"My favorites are Michigan State and NC State," he said. "I think I'm supposed to take an official visit to Michigan State on January 15 but I'm not sure yet. I haven't had any coaches come by my place yet. They've just come to the school so far."

Why have the Spartans and Wolfpack made such an impression on Jones?

"Well, with NC State my brother lives about 30 minutes away. He goes to Elon, so he would be up there and I've heard about it. I've been talking to coach (Jason) Swepson some and I just like them. Michigan State ... I don't know, they've just been on me for a while and I like them too.

"There are still some others I'm thinking about. I like Georgia Tech and Tennessee, but I've got to get my highlight tape to them."

Tampa (Fla.) Wharton, Jones' high school squad, made it to the second round of the Florida state playoffs before falling to Chamberlain.

Jones is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 84 safety in the nation by

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