Jones Likes Michigan Tradition (w/video)

Chicago De La Salle junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones is one of the top prospects in the Midwest for the 2014 class. GoBlueWolverine was on hand for his team's recent match up with Lake Forest and chatted with him afterward about his recruitment, his thoughts on Michigan, a possible visit to Ann Arbor, decision timeline and more.***video interview/highlights included***

Chicago De La Salle junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones showcased his dominant run blocking skills all game versus Lake Forest Academy, but his strong performance wasn't enough as his Meteors fell 28-26 on a late touchdown. 

"It was tough losing one like that--the last seconds of the game," Jones told afterward. "We really needed this one for our playoff run. But we got to come back and work hard next week and just take it out on the next team."

The 6-5,290-lb., Jones burst onto the recruiting scene last during the camp season. Squaring off against other top prospect helped elevate his game heading into his junior campaign.

"It helped me a lot," Jones explained. "Just learning different things I can work on. You get beat sometimes, especially going up against the caliber players that I went against this summer. The different combines and school things… it just helps in the season. When the season comes and I can take what I learned and help other players on my team as well."

Currently Jones has offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, and Toledo. At the moment all of his suitors are on equal footing.

"Right now I am just keeping everything open," Jones said on his recruitment. "I am just trying to experience as many schools as I can. I am not trying to narrow down my list or anything. I am just trying to wait it out and visit more schools. Then I'll get an outlook on where I think my leaders are."

Michigan is among the schools that have stayed in consistent contact with talented junior and the Wolverines have already made a strong impression.

"They are great program traditionally," Jones stated. "They are having a pretty good year this year. They are one of the top programs (with) great history. They're doing some great things down there. I've talked to coach Singletary and coach Funk a few times."

The Windy City star plans on visiting Ann Arbor this fall—possibly for the Michigan State game.

"I just want to see what the game environment is like," Jones said. "I heard a lot about it. I've seen their games on TV. And so I just want to experience it firsthand. Like the fans and the atmosphere and things like that."

Michigan commit Logan Tuley-Tillman has been one of those informing Jones about the Maize & Blue.

"I have talked to him a few times," Jones reported. "We work out with Core 6 (football training & club team based in Illinois.) I've never met him personally. But we have talked a few times over Twitter and things like that.

"If he is there when I am there (for a visit)… I will talk to him. I will ask him the things he likes about the program and the school."

 While a decision isn't coming anytime soon, Jones said he might have a better idea after his tour of camps and schools next Summer.

"I am going to visit a few schools this fall," he said.  I am going to visit a lot schools next spring and during the summer time when it is more open. Maybe (then) I might make my decision before the season starts and get it out of the way. But I probably will go on some official visits still."

For the video interview, including highlights of Jones in action, press play below.

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