Signing Day Capsule: DE Reuben Jones

Michigan went deep into Florida to sign 2015 Lakeland (Fla.) DE Reuben Jones.

Reuben Jones


After previously committing to Bo Pelini and Nebraska, Jones reopened his recruitment following the hire of Mike Riley in Lincoln. Following D.J. Durkin’s move to Ann Arbor to be Michigan’s next defensive coordinator, the Wolverines got involved with the versatile Jones. Taking an official visit to check out Michigan’s campus, Jones didn’t leave Ann Arbor an uncommitted prospect, becoming the first verbal commitment for new Wolverines’ coach Jim Harbaugh.


"Reuben is a strong leader who looks at every situation in a positive light. His parents told me they are most proud of his ability to persevere through tough times and his ability to spread joy to others and brighten a person's day. He is a motivation to his friends and family and a great mentor to those in his community. Reuben has a great personality, which was clear when we visited with him. As his family told me, 'He understands that life is what you make of it.' Reuben is a young man who encourages others around him to strive for excellence. His family told me he has 'a heart of gold,' and I know they are proud of him for listening to the values they instilled in him throughout the years. Reuben is very close to his family, and I know they are excited to share another great life experience with their son. And, we at Michigan are fortunate to call him one of our own." – Jim Harbaugh via Michigan athletics website


“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.” - Reuben Jones


At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds Jones offers great athleticism off the edge for the Wolverines, capable of playing in coverage or putting his hand down to rush the quarterback, something Jones says is his expertise. With a frame fully allowing for added muscle once he arrives on campus, Jones is a nice addition to an improved Michigan front seven.

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