"Yes, I was very surprised," said Jones when asked if the firing caught him off guard. "You make a commitment and you think things are all set and then this happens."
Jones said the firing has forced him to re-open his recruiting all over again and the first school he thought about was Michigan State.
"They were my second choice (at the time) but I was sold on Coach Mason and Minnesota at the time, so I really didn't give them a fair chance as I would have liked. I plan on going up there and looking at the campus and seeing it for myself this time."
Jones confirmed that he will visit MSU on January 12, which is shaping up as a big weekend for the Spartans coaching staff. He said that he really liked Coach Mark Dantonio and linebackers coach Mark Tressel who is leading his recruiting for the Spartans.
Jones said Cincinnati is also in the picture, but didn't sound like someone who wanted to draw his recruiting out for too long.
If MSU can make an impression on the standout three-star linebacker, he could join the fold as a Spartans commit.