Iowa Offers Jones

After committing to Toledo earlier this month, Josh Jones decided on Thursday to reopen his recruitment. The move came on the same day that Iowa offered him a scholarship. Find out what has changed and how close he might be to becoming a Hawkeye in this update.

When Josh Jones verbally committed to Toledo earlier this month, he and the school were in agreement on the nature of the decision .

"They said if a Big Ten offer comes, we understand that," the 2013 Safety from Michigan said.

That opportunity came on Thursday when Iowa offered him a scholarship. He then de-committed from the Rockets, although he did not immediately switch over to the Hawkeyes.

"They're big time football and have great coaches and everything," the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from Walled Lake Western High said. "That makes a big impact. I love Iowa. I've always loved Iowa.

"I'll have to sit back now and just weigh my decision out. I'm really leaning towards Iowa."

Iowa Assistant Erik Campbell is leading the school's recruitment of Jones. He and Hawkeye defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson visited the safety at his school last month.

"We've just been building the relationship since then," Jones said. "Coach Campbell said that they not only like me as a football player but they like me as a person. At the end of the day, it's not just football. How you are as a person matters. I guess that played a big role in it. I'm excited about that."

Jones also reports scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. He's also been talking with an additional Big Ten school.

"Another school that is a leading candidate is Illinois, but they haven't offered yet," Jones said. "We'll just see how that plays out."

Scout.com ranks Jones as the 67th best cornerback in the country for his class. The service lists him as a three-star recruit on it's five-star scale. Iowa views him as a free safety.

"I play hard every snap," said Jones, who also lines up at slot receiver in high school. "I don't like to talk about what I want to do. I just want to do it."

While Jones didn't flip from Toledo to Iowa on Thursday, it sounds like his commitment could be close.

"I want to get my decision out of the way, but I don't want to jump on it too fast," he said. "I know Coach Campbell said he wants to reel me in, but I don't feel pressure. Iowa is a great school. I know I fit into that system. I know guys from the Detroit Metro area that go there. I guess I'll probably make my decision soon, real soon."


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