Michigan Makes Run at Jones

Winter Park (FL) LB Christian Jones has strong family ties to Florida State, but that hasn't stop many of the country's power programs from giving chase. Michigan wasted little time making its strong interest known by issuing a scholarship a few weeks back. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the Lake Howell high standout recently to find out if that interest is mutual.

For the nation's top recruits, an overflowing mailbox is a fact of life.  Postmen make so many trips to these homes that they often seem like family.  With so many correspondences coming in every day, it's a real surprise if all of it gets read.  That's certainly the case for Winter Park, Fl standout Christian Jones.  Because of a backlog of mail in his room he didn't find out until a few weeks after the fact that Michigan had sent him a bit of good news.

"(Michigan) offered me February 16th," Parker reported.  "The funny thing was I had the letter in my room for a while, but I just opened like a few days ago."

With an offer from the Wolverines now in hand, Jones is anxious to learn more about the Maize & Blue.  For now, though, the information gathering consists of phone conversations with his Michigan recruiter.  He hopes to get more of an up close account sometime during the summer or fall. 

"I've talked to Rod Smith," Jones said regarding the Wolverines QB coach and central Florida recruiter.  "I already know they have a great history, they have a lot of great players that have come through there, and they have a history of winning.  I know they didn't have too good of a year last year, but I know they're rebuilding.  They have some key players so they should be straight."

"They talked to me about coming up to some up their camps," he continued.  "I'm really not too sure which camps I'm going to right now.  I'm still trying to put that together."

The Wolverines joined Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State, Florida, South Florida, and Central Florida in extending an early offer.  More are sure to come for this 6-4, 220-pound specimen.  Some of his suitors believe his 4.6 speed will be best utilized coming off the edge, while others project that he'll continue standing up on the next level.  That said, they all agree that there's a good chance he'll wreak havoc from wherever he lines up.

"I play with a lot of energy," said Jones.  "I'm going to run down a play.  You won't see me taking any plays off.  I try to play every play like it's my last."

It has been widely speculated that Jones' family ties to Florida State – where both his dad and brother played their college ball -- makes the Seminoles the overwhelming favorite in his recruitment.   While the talented youngster doesn't deny being a FSU fan growing up, he is keeping any leanings he might have close to the vest.

"Right now I really don't have a #1," Jones reported.  " I'm just keeping my options open. I'm probably going to hold out for a while just so I get a chance to look at every school.  I've just taken visits to the schools in-state so far; Florida, South Florida, UCF, and Florida State. I'm probably going to take a few unofficial visits this spring.  My senior year I'm going to take my official visits too.  I want to use my official visits for the schools out of state because I can always travel to the ones in-state. "

While on his fact finding mission, Jones will be looking for a few specific traits.

"One factor will probably be which people can get me on the field the most," he said.  "To me it doesn't matter if I'm starting as long as I'm playing.  I'm also looking at the coaches and players… how they are together."

One thing Jones insists will not weigh heavily in his decision is distance from home.

"That's not a factor," he stated.  "My family is cool with it.  They're going to sit back and let me make the decision.  They're going to support me.  They give me their opinions, but they're going to let me choose."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Jones in the coming months.

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