Jones Intrigued by ‘Enthusiastic’ Durkin

2015 Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson three-star defensive end Reuben Jones discusses his commitment status with Nebraska, the new interest from Michigan, upcoming visits, and more.

With the dead period now over Michigan is making stops at high schools all over the country, one of which was Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson Thursday to visit 2015 three-star defensive end Reuben Jones.

Newly on the job in Ann Arbor since moving from his defensive coordinator position at Florida to the same spot at Michigan, D.J. Durkin went back to the Sunshine State looking for talent.

“They have a need for my position and they don’t have anyone on the team that can do what I can do,” Jones said. “They want me to play how they play Dante Flower at Florida.

“Coach Durkin was the one who coached him at the University of Florida. They said they want me to visit the school, see what it’s about and I decided to take that visit.”

Jones will head to Ann Arbor to learn more about the Wolverines the weekend of Jan. 23, though the exact dates haven’t been worked out just yet.

Though some might look at Jones location in Florida and assume Durkin has a strong, built in relationship with Jones, it turns out this communication is newly formed.

“He really didn’t contact me before at Florida,” Jones said. “He said that was because they have a need at Michigan but didn’t at Florida cause they had so many defensive ends.

“He said if you’re ready to come in and play, you can play. He was really enthusiastic and honestly as fired up as any coach I’ve seen in a long time -- maybe ever.”

Jones currently holds a commitment to Nebraska but with a new staff entering the picture in Lincoln following the firing of Bo Pelini, that verbal agreement could be in flux moving forward.

“I don’t know how I’m sitting with them,” Jones said. “I was with them talking and they were really serious in letting me know that I was their player and all that. I don’t know if I was feeling it too much just cause they were so serious.

“I felt like I was almost in a television show. I was listening to what they were saying, liked some of it, but at the same time I don’t know where we’ll stand in furthering that relationship.”

Nebraska, Michigan and Louisville all visited Jones school Thursday, planning to visit the Cardinals this weekend followed by his trip to check out the Wolverines.

When it comes to Michigan, Jones is very interested in learning more about Jim Harbaugh.

“I just want to meet him and see what he’s about,” Jones said. “Everyone knows him from a coaching standpoint but as a player, I want to be a great player, and I want to know him as a person. I want to see what type of person he is.

“He could be the best coach in the world but not a great person. I haven’t heard anything bad but is this a coaches coach type of deal or a players coach type of deal?”

Up to 6-foot-3.5 and 227-pounds, Jones added he’s looking for a great program and atmosphere to play in, unclear when he’ll ultimately decide which school he’ll sign a national letter of intent with.

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