SoCal Safety has U-M Offer, Connections

This big, fast defensive back plays on the most celebrated team in Southern California and may be a little overshadowed by two hyped teammates -- but he is a potential Top 100 quality player in his own right. And, he's lived most of his life in the Midwest.

GoBlueWolverine spoke Monday to safety Marshall Jones (6-1, 190, 4.5) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian (the school of QB Jimmy Clausen and RB Marc Tyler).

Has Michigan offered you a scholarship?

"Yes. I talked to Coach Carr and Coach English a while ago and they offer me. Since then I have been text messaging with 'Coach E' -- I just send him one."

And you have Midwestern connections?

"Yes. I was born in California, but we moved to Chicago when I was one; we moved back to Southern California when I was 12."

Were you a Michigan fan growing up?

"Yeah ... I can say that. I liked Michigan when I was little, and I would watch their games on TV."

"Also, both of my grandparents went to the University of Michigan."

Do you ever get back to the Midwest?

"Yes, I've been back to Chicago a few times, to see my old friends."

Have you gone to any Junior Days?

"Yes. I went to Tennessee's junior day. I like Tennessee, and I liked that visit a lot."

Have you narrowed things down to a top two or three?

"Well, I like, Tennessee, Michigan and USC; but I also like Arizona and Ole Miss. So I'd say I have a top five. All of those schools have offered me except USC."

Are you planning to take an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor?

"I'm thinking about it, and my dad and I are talking about it. It could be either in the spring or in the summer."

Tell us a little about your playing style.

"I'm a free safety. My strength is my speed (he runs a 10.6 100m), and I'm also a physical player."

"Our team went undefeated last season."

As a junior Jones recorded 71 tackles and five interceptions; on offense he caught 23 passes for 407 yards and three TD's and he also carried the ball 47 times for 486 yards (10.3 yards per carry) and ten TD's.

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