Jones 'Suprised' By Michigan offer

Evanston (Ill.) Township three-star junior DT Naquan Jones talks Michigan offer, his planned visit to U-M and more.

Evanston (Ill.) Township three-star junior Naquan Jones' recruitment is trending upward, with top schools Michigan State, Ohio State and Nebraska already extending offers to the 6-foot-5, 294-pound defensive tackle.

So, yeah, it's off to a pretty good start.

And just last month, Michigan added its name to his list of schools by extending an offer to Jones.

"I ended up talking to Coach Mattison and they offered," Jones said. "It was one night a few weeks ago. I got to talk with the majority of the staff on the defensive side. I really didn't get to talk with Coach Harbaugh. They said they were trying to set up something where I can get on the phone with him.

"So Coach Mattison was the one who talked me. He told me he really liked my film. He said how I can contribute to the new defense they are trying to put in. Pretty much that was that."

Now that he has his Michigan offer, Jones admits the Wolverines are one of the top schools on his offer list.

"Pretty much it was very surprising and very exciting at the same time," Jones said of his Michigan offer. "I feel Michigan is a team with a new coaching staff that will turn around a lot. So I feel like they will have a lot of success at Michigan now. And you got coaches coming down from the highest level to come to a college team. I feel like with that their team is going to be great.

"[Michigan is] definitely towards the top of the list," Jones said. "I mean, besides football it is also a great school. I just want to go where I can feel comfortable. So not too far from home. But I don't really think distance matters in my decision. I mean, it's convenient that they are closer."

Jones says he plans to come up to Michigan for an unofficial visit in later this month.

"I want a chance to build a relationship with the players and coaches," Jones said. "And just see how everything is. See how comfortable I'll be.

"I want to see how the players are. How they act among each other. My three keys in my decision are: No. 1 academics, No. 2 relationships on and off the field, No. 3 me just being comfortable. me being able to fit in with the players. Me being able to fit in with the program. How the coaches can better me to be the best player I can be."

Jones says he plans on announcing his commitment near signing day 2016.


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