Big Ten Interest Increases For Taiwan Jones

Michigan State may have jumped out to an early lead for 2011 Anchor Bay safety prospect Taiwan Jones, but they are not alone in their interest in the two-sport star. GET INside to find out the latest on his recruitment, who recently offered and how Michigan State stacks up to the competition in his view

EAST LANSING - Michigan State may have jumped out to an early lead for 2011 Anchor Bay safety prospect Taiwan Jones, but they are not alone in their interest in the two-sport star.

He was invited, but didn't make the visit up to Junior Day, but he remains strongly interested in MSU. I wasn't able to make it (to Junior Day)," said Jones, I had something to do that Saturday, they did invite me but I wasn't able to make it."

"They've been telling me that I could play linebacker or safety, but mostly linebacker. They think I can bulk up to be a linebacker. They're saying that I could drop (in coverage) or rush (off the edge.)"

Jones, at 6-foot-4, has already drawn interest from both in-state conference schools, Michigan and Michigan State but yesterday, Jones let GSN know that he has a new suitor.

"I got offered by Indiana," said Jones who will likely get many more before and during his senior season at Anchor Bay.

While he lines up mostly at safety for Anchor Bay, on offense he's played wide receiver, running back and even quarterback for the Tars. He said he believes playing quarterback and safety helps his game.

"You have to know what to do and what's going on and be smart on both sides of the ball."

He is being helped through the recruiting process by his dad, Clarence Jones. Jones played in the 80s at Detroit Denby and went on to attend Bristol University.

Taiwan says he's been a big help as recruiting ramps up and he given solid advice. "He's helped a lot, he tells me be smart, don't brush off any colleges, take all of (their interest seriously).

Jones says he's hearing from Toledo, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Syracuse, Oregon, Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin, Stanford, Purdue, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

He says he's been invited to junior days at Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue and is planning to take a few of those visits.

"I'm going to Toledo this week and in two weeks Wisconsin."

Jones is an early priority recruit for Michigan State and GoSpartans.net will keep in touch and watch his recruitment and his development over the combine and upcoming summer camp season.

Watch Jones making an impact in two sports for Anchor Bay via YouTube.com below