Video interview by Sam Webb
At 6-foot-2, 230-pounds, Jacquez Jones already fits the mold as a physical linebacker.
And so far, the three-star 2018 prospect has the stats to back it up.
Jones, who stars at Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest, finished with 130 tackles, four forced fumbles and four interceptions in 2016, capping off a solid season for the rising junior.
“Things went good, I played a new position in the inside (linebacker),” Jones said. “I had you get used to that. But other than that, everything went good.”
Top schools have taken notice of his talent as well. In fact, his first offer came from Michigan during his sophomore year.
“It came in my tenth grade year and when I got it I was shocked,” Jones said. “It was my first offer and for it to be Michigan, it was unbelievable.”
Adding: “It came out of no where. My coach told me to give them a call and it came out of no where.”
Next up, Jones says he plans to visit Michigan this summer or in the fall for an official visit. His pending visit to U-M will give him another opportunity to bond with U-M’s coaching staff, which he points out as one of his biggest positives in his Michigan recruitment.
“The best thing I like is the coaches, they are very friendly to me,” Jones said of U-M. “They come to me as family, that’s the most important thing.”
Along with Michigan, Jones also holds an offer from Marshall, and says he’s receiving interest from Indiana, Alabama, Auburn, Penn State, Notre Dame and Florida State.
Jones plans to announce his commitment on national signing day. But before then, he says he’ll be looking for certain factors in his future program.
“The big factors are going be if they have what I’m going to major in, that’s going to be the big factor,” jones said, noting he plans to major in sports medicine. “Then after that does my family like it. Then after that do I have a chance to play.”
Adding: “I’m going to try to get it for my mom can come up to see me, so I don’t want to go too far.”