Visit Moves Michigan Up for Jonas Mouton

As is well known by Michigan recruiting fans, safety is a major position of need for the Wolverines. One of the top players in the country at the position, Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., High School, was in Ann Arbor over the weekend on his official visit. Tuesday he spoke with about the trip, and how it elevated Michigan.

After playing his first game of the 2005 football season, safety Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., boarded the red-eye for Detroit, and was in Ann Arbor in plenty of time for Michigan's battle with arch-foe Notre Dame. "I don't know what time I got in Saturday morning," he said. "But things got going right away. Even though Michigan lost the game, I was real impressed with the way the players were afterwards. I got to spend time with a lot of them and they were very good to me. They weren't all, like, mean or anything even though the game didn't turn out good. Man, if it hadn't been for that fumble ..." He was referencing Michigan sophomore quarterback Chad Henne's fumble on the goal line late in the 4th quarter.

Mouton's host for the visit was freshman defensive back Chris Richards. The two California natives struck up a friendship at the recent Shrine Game, in which Richards participated. This weekend was a reunion. "It was good to see him and we got to hang out a lot," Mouton said. "I also got to see Eugene Germany; I hadn't seen him in a long time so I was happy to get a chance to catch up with him too."

Going from the big city to the college town of Ann Arbor can sometimes bring on a bit of culture shock for some kids. However, Mouton enjoyed Ann Arbor. "If I were to commit to play for Michigan I could see myself living in Ann Arbor," he said. "The people were real nice and I liked the town."

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Mouton was able to take in a Sunday practice with the Wolverines, and take in the campus. "I got to watch them while they went through walk-throughs on Sunday," he said. "I spent most of the time with the defensive backs and got to talk to almost all of them. The I met the academic people and I thought that was really great."

There is a lot of talk that Mouton could end up at the linebacker position. His coach, Angleo Gasca, told on Friday that he couldn't see the move happening. Mouton said the subject never came up during his talks with Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English. "I want to play safety," he said. "Coach English told me they needed me at safety and that there is a good possibility for me to see early playing time."

Mouton said he didn't wish to compare his Michigan visit with his recent visit to Nebraska. He also said he wasn't sure what was next for him, and had no other official visit set up. When asked to confirm and Internet rumor that his girlfriend had accepted a scholarship to Nebraksa, Mouton responded, "What? No, that isn't true."

The five-star prospect said he is in no hurry to make a decision.

GBW was in attendence at the Gondos season opening 35-14 win over Carson. To read our scouting report, including photos of Mouton in action, click here.

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