Mike Jones Likes the Midwest

Orlando Edgewater was the scene of a Notre Dame and Michigan battle two years back when both schools recruited Lorenzo Edwards. Although Edwards committed to Florida, Edgewater was on their recruiting radar. Now both programs have their sights set on safety Mike Jones. Does he return the interest?

Orlando Edgewater strong safety Mike Jones is the next in a line of recent Eagles who have been heavily recruited. The 6’3, 200-lb Jones had his junior season cut short by a shoulder injury, but made an impact to that point, recording 56 tackles, eight sacks and forcing four fumbles.

That type of performance coupled with his size and athleticism has earned him offers from schools like Auburn, North Carolina and Wake Forest, but it is two schools farther north that have Sunshine State star’s attention.

“I’m probably going to be playing up north, so Michigan and Notre Dame are my top two right now,” Jones said, adding, “I like playing time and the schools down south are stacked at my position.”

 Edgewater has had a couple players head up north in recent years. Linebacker Lorenzo Edwards was down to the Irish and Wolverines before picking Notre Dame and wide receiver Greg Mathews signed with the maize and blue and has blossomed into one of their top receivers.

“I talk to Greg a lot,” Jones said, “he was talking about what he just went through with the coaching change and all that, but he said the new staff is cool.”

Jones will have an opportunity to see the school and meet the coaches himself when he camps in Ann Arbor in a couple of weeks. He also will camp at Notre Dame. This fall, he wants to come back to both spots and says he very well could be South Bend when the two teams meet.

He also said that while he has yet to visit Ann Arbor and is quite a distance away, the football tradition the Wolverines have built is not lost on him.

“It is a real prestigious school and they’ve always been good. I want to get up there to one of the games so I can see the stadium and all the fans.”

Once he is able to take a couple trips this fall, Jones should be all ready to make his college choice. He says he expects to make a commitment towards the middle of his high school season, specifically around week four or five.

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