Spartan Digest Take: Evan Jones

The fourth member of the Michigan State recruiting class of 2012 was Ohio tight end Evan Jones. After watching Jones in camp at MSU this summer, we feel we can give a fair take on what he'll bring to the Spartans.

Evan Jones may not have been a name many were talking about early on as Michigan State looked to start adding names to the committed side of their recruiting ledger. While highlight film is not in abundance, we did wait until we had a chance to see Evan in camp this summer.


Evan has the physical size and abilities to do several things at the college level. While recruited as a tight end, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound product of West Lafayette (Ohio) Ridgewood High School could also move to defensive end or add weight and grow into an offensive tackle. We'll keep Jones as a tight end at this time but came away from camp feeling he could also be a defender.

The physical size is the first thing that stands out and Jones will have no problem fitting the mold the Spartans like out of their tight ends as a blocker and receiver.


The first thing to look at will be level of competition at the high school level. Jones is the first player from his high school to be a Division One football scholarship athlete. The second area of concern is the offer list at the time of his commitment. Would Jones added offers in the summer if he'd camped at other programs?


Knowing how Mark Dantonio and his staff breakdown high school prospects makes me believe Jones could very well be one of those players to surprise many during his career. Since becoming a head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have proven the ability to identify players who many would consider under the radar. So do not be surprised if Evan Jones joins the growing list.

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