Teric Jones was one of many in-state, blue-chip juniors hosted by the Spartans for a Junior Day event Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound running back from Detroit Cass Tech got a chance to hear more about the resurgent Michigan State program.
All of the prospects on-hand yesterday met at the Clara Bell Smith Center to take a tour of the football facilities, watch a highlight film, and learn more about the new expansion to the Duffy Daugherty building.
Running Backs Coach Dan Enos, who often focuses on Detroit-area talent, is leading the charged when it comes to recruiting Jones. But the man in charge, Head Coach Mark Dantonio, is active in the recruitment of this special player as well. "He visited my school a little while back," Jones said, "and I met him when I came up for a game a couple weeks ago."
Yesterday, Jones had another opportunity to meet with the 'ol ball coach, this time on Spartan turf.
"He said they like my film a lot but they might want to recruit me as an athlete," Jones said. He added he would be willing to change positions to play for the Green and White. "I told them I would play corner even though I haven't really played it that much."
Jones has been hearing from all of the Big Ten schools and visited Indiana last weekend for their Junior Day. "They really liked me and said I had a lot of talent and would be a top recruit for IU this season," he said.
While his recruitment is still wide open, Jones indicated Michigan and Michigan State were his two favorites because they are his hometown schools. "I like Michigan's new offense," he said, "but I can see myself in both offenses. I feel like Michigan State is deeper at running back right now"
The Cass Tech star plans to attend Michigan's Junior Day on March 13. Despite all of the interest, Jones has not yet received any offers and has no timetable for his decision.
"Right now I'm just enjoying the process," he said.
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