Jones Ready to Prove He Belongs

One of the more surprised recruits during the Michigan State 2013 recruiting class was defensive tackle Noah Jones. Spartan Digest caught up with Jones prior to him reporting to campus.

When Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard defensive tackle Noah Jones gave his verbal pledge to Michigan State it surprised many.

Jones, an under the radar prospect did not sign as one of the Spartans biggest recruits, but his impact could play heavy in the future success of the Spartans.

Now ready to report, Jones knows he's going to miss home.

"I know I'm going to miss home," said Jones. "But I also realize this will be my new home. However, I know the family environment at Michigan State will be there to support me."

Jones will enter the Spartans football program feeling great things are ahead for the Green & White.

"As a member of the incoming class I believe we as a whole class and as a whole team will accomplish great things," he said. "I really didn't see this anywhere else I visited as this Spartan family is something different and something I've never experienced before.

"Everyone plays for the person next to them and the coaches stress that the Spartans best weapon is the solider next to them."

While some may not have given Jones his due during high school, he feels he belongs and is ready to use the chip on his shoulder as extra motivation.

"I always play with a chip on my shoulder," explained Jones. "Just the fact I wasn't highly recruited and a lot of people think I'm here because William Gholston left gives me a big chip on my shoulder to play with.

"I feel I can play with the best. In fact, I know I can play with the best and with this opportunity I'm going to show people I belong with the best."

On his highlight film Jones shows the ability to come off the line a lot like former Spartan Jerel Worthy. Is this the strength to his game?

"My get-off is the strength to my game," said Jones. "I'm also versatile and can play on the edge if they need me. My get-off and quickness will help me get past blocker and my willingness to learn, I feel gives me the edge over anyone else.

"If you think you already know everything you are wrong. So you've got to be willing to learn and that is the only way you're going to get better."

If Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten needs a president for his fan club, he may want to appoint Jones to the post as Jones came away from the recruiting process totally sold on Staten as a person. "Coach Staten was my main recruiter," he said. "I don't know if Coach Staten has a best friend, but if he doesn't, I'll take that spot.

"During the recruiting process he came to the house and got to know my grandmother, my mom and anyone who had anything to do with me he got to know. My grandmother owns a daycare in Florida and he came to the daycare and got involved with the kids. So if he doesn't have a best friend I'll be glad to take that spot because we have a great relationship."

Once Jones pledged to the Spartans others came calling leaving Jones surprised but also knowing East Lansing was the place for him to be.

"I had schools like Connecticut, North Carolina State and Tennessee all coming in," said Jones. "I had a lot of others school but once I took the visit to Michigan State, I knew I was going to be a Spartan.

"I'm from a big town and Michigan State is more of a small town and will allow me a place to concentrate and get my work done. A lot of coaches came in wanting me to change my mind. But I would change my mind."


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