Signing Day Capsule: Mike Jones

Mike Jones was commitment No. 7 for the U-M 2009 recruiting class. He's also another Wolverine that enrolled in January to get a head start on his college career. Rehash the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder's recruitment and find out what drove the Edgewater prospect to make the trek from Orlando.

Mike Jones
Safety 6-0/200/4.5
Edgewater HS (Orlando, FL)
NR: *** Position Rank: 49 Player Video
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His Recruiting Story

Mike Jones became the seventh commitment in the Wolverines 2009 recruiting class when he ended Rich Rodriguez month long recruiting drought with a commitment to the Maize and Blue on August 1st. He picked Michigan over offers from Notre Dame, Auburn, Wake Forest, North Carolina, South Florida and Central Florida.

Jones' first glimpse at what the University of Michigan has to offer came in the form of an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor this past June. After starting a tour of the Midwest in South Bend, Jones made his way to Ann Arbor to meet with the Michigan staff.

"Oh man, it was nice," Jones said on his trip to Ann Arbor. "The facilities are nice. They're doing some stadium work. I think they said it was like 230 million. They're going to be adding more seats and box seats. It was cool."

He also mentioned spending time with position coach Tony Gibson on his visit.

In the end, the possibility of making his mark on the Michigan program was too much for Jones to turn down. And it very well may have come down to the most simplistic reasoning.

"Honestly, I just liked their helmets when I was smaller," he said. "That's what I first noticed about them."

A December official visit only strengthened his position with the Maize and Blue. As was the case with multiple other members of the 2009 recruiting class, Jones finished high school in December and enrolled at Michigan in January.

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Mike Jones is expected to help bolster the athleticism at the Wolverines safety position. Coming in in January to go through spring practice with the Wolverines, it could happen as early as this year.

"I'm a hitter. I hit real hard, and I've got good speed." Jones said when describing his game. "I react to the ball real quick, and have great instincts. I'd like to work on my footwork and steps."

In his injury shortened junior season Jones finished with 56 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles. In 2008 he tallied 60 tackles, four sacks and a pair of special teams blocks.

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