The reason for cutting down the list and setting a decision date for June 5th?
"Because I am wrapping up my junior year and I want to be fully dedicated to my senior season and don't want to worry about recruiting my senior season," Jones said.
The 6-4, 305-pound prospect cut down his list with intention and a lot of careful thought.
"Basically I narrowed down my list to the schools that I thought would benefit me the most," Jones said. "They are schools that I could see myself at and schools that I have the best relationship with their coaches."
Michigan state is in my top six because when I visited I had a great time," Jones said. "I am in constant communication with Coach Burton and spoke with Coach Dantonio. I feel home there. I feel like I could come in and contribute to the defense. Also the guys coming coming in are a really good class."
Plus, the current Spartans class of 2016 is making a hard push for the 6-4, 320-pound athletic prospect.
"They are recruiting me to Michigan State. Another thing that I like is that I am being recruited by the coaches and the commits," Jones said. "Not too many schools do that. I have met Messiah the quarterback and others and they are all trying to get me to come to MSU. They are talking to me every day and I know it will be a family."
And as for the process between now and June 5th, Jones isn't quite sure how it will go.
"I don’t know yet. it was tough narrowing it down to five, there were a lot of coaches telling me they hoped to see me in the top five. It’s a business kind of, if I could go to every school I would and it comes down to just where I feel the most comfortable. Who can support me the most academically," Jones said.