Sam Webb: Lets start first by talking about your high school season. How did it go for you on the football field last year?
Jarron Jones: "Well, we won state. I played D-line and tight end. I had 68 tackles, ten sacks, 14 tackles for losses, four forced fumbles, four pass deflections and an interception."
Sam Webb: Tell me a little about your game. Give me a scouting report?
Jarron Jones: "I'm just a kid who is trying to make plays, and that is using his technique, but trying to work on his technique."
Sam Webb: Is there a player in the college or the pros that maybe you compare yourself to or try to emulate?
Jarron Jones: "I try to emulate Julius Peppers."
Sam Webb: As far as recruiting is concerned, what are the top schools on your list right now?
Jarron Jones: "Honestly right now because I'm going to visit other schools that weren't in my top list, I don't have an official top list. It is just a top group and it consists of all the colleges are New York including North Carolina, Louisville, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Boston College, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh."
Sam Webb: Give me an idea of what you're looking for in a school. What are the traits that must be present in the school that you ultimately pick?
Jarron Jones: "It is just a school where I just feel comfortable… where I have a good bond with my teammates and where I have a bond with the coaches like I do with my high school coaches and my high school teammates. They are like my brothers. A place where after the season is done, I'm going hang out with them like they were brothers. Where I feel that I feel best at. Where I feel comfortable, I have that home feeling and academic wise and how important that is."
Sam Webb: Is it definitely defensive line in college for you?
Jarron Jones: "I want to play D-tackle and D-end."
Sam Webb: Not considering O-line at all? I'm only asking because your mom said something about offensive line. If a school says, hey we want you as an offensive lineman, does that move you down their list?
Jarron Jones: "I'm going to play offense this year and I'll get a true feeling of it. How I feel after that (will have a lot of bearing) on what I think about O-line."
Sam Webb: What are your objectives when you go on your visits?
Jarron Jones: "I want to develop my relationship with the coaches first. Whatever coaches I feel more comfortable with than I'll try get involved with the players. I would love to meet the players."
Sam Webb: At what point are you really going to seriously consider trimming your list down?
Jarron Jones: "I'm going to try and get out to as many colleges as I can this summer. I might have to go to a southern, we don't know that yet. We don't know that for sure, but wherever I go and whatever college I'll see, by football season I'll probably have my list trimmed down. After the season is over, that's when I'll probably start taking officials."
Sam Webb: Have you given any thought to a timeline for when you would like your recruiting process to conclude?
Jarron Jones: "My official decision won't be until I sign the papers, or until the Army game if I do choose to make my decision there."
Sam Webb: I know you haven't been to Michigan before, but give me your thoughts on the Wolverines. Why did the Wolverines make the list of schools that you want to visit?
Jarron Jones: "They are one of the great and winningest colleges in all of college football. I enjoy watching them on Saturday and they are in the Big Ten and the Big Ten is an excellent conference besides the SEC. The Big Ten is a great conference. You see Michigan they are getting better every game. I know they struggled last year because of injury, but they have Denard Robinson."
Sam Webb: What about your Michigan recruiter? Give me your thoughts on Coach Mallory.
Jarron Jones: "I met Coach Mallory. He said hi. He sounds like a pretty good guy. He was telling me a little bit about Michigan, what they consist of, and what they run. He said he is going to get more into that when I come visit next month. It looks like he takes academics pretty seriously and that's what I like."
Sam Webb: You went over a number of factors going into your decision. I want to kind of gauge your thoughts on distance. How big of a factor will distance from home be for you?
Jarron Jones: "Distance does play a role because I do want to see my parents in the stands cheering me on like they do at my high school games. Distance will play a role and also the other factor is, if we don't have school how I am going to get home. We don't have a lot of money in the world. We struggle from time to time. My parents do work hard, but we'll I be able to get home. Distance is a factor but it is not a huge factor."
Sam Webb: How far is far? Give me a number of hours.
Jarron Jones: "An eight to ten hour ratio. My mom says 12."
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Jones in the coming days.