Shane Jones received his first offer from Cincinnati in December 2011. Then after signing day things begin to pick up.
"Michigan was my second offer, and then things got crazy
Illinois, Indiana. And I received interest from more schools. So things have
really picked up with schools interest in me."
The offer Michigan presented was really important for Jones, and
he was very happy to explain to GoBlueWolverine exactly why.
"The Michigan offer was a big deal -- it is a place with so
much background and tradition. When the Michigan offer came in my first thought
was I have to get up there to see them. I am looking at going up to visit
around March 10."
The Michigan coaching staff told Jones why they like what he
does and the reason they choose to offer him.
"Coach Smith the Linebacker coach at Michigan told me that
the Defensive line coach (Jerry Montgomery) and the Defensive backs coach (Curt
Mallory) have both seen my tape. He told me they like that I am a pretty complete player --
I can hit, cover and run."
Shane had a chance to watch Michigan last season to see if
the Wolverines were back to playing tough defense, and he was pleased that they
"I watched the Notre Dame game with those cool jerseys, and a
few Big Ten games, and Michigan's defense was fast physical and not afraid to
come up and hit. All three units D-line, linebackers and D-backs, were bringing
it. The crowd was ridiculous to play in front of -- 110,000 thousand is just
crazy. I like Michigan and how successful they are."
The young man from Moeller feels he fits what Michigan does
because of the type of linebacker he looks up to and plays like.
"Lamaar Woodley is one of my favorite players -- he is big, physical
and flat out gets after it. That is how I play when I step out on the field."
For right now Shane has a few items on his list that he is
looking for that schools must have for him to have any interest in them.
"Academics are first because that is very important to me.
Then I would like at the type of family atmosphere that they have at the
school. I also would like to see how I get along with my future teammates. I
to fit in the system that the school has. I just want the best fit for me and my
Don't look for a decision anytime soon -- he is trying to take
his time and listen to his mom.
"I am looking to commit around December or January. My mom
wants me to stay positive about the whole process and to take my time with this
Michigan's offer a big deal to Shane Jones
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