Jones' Love For Northwestern Growing

While his friends go through the stressful process of recruitment, Joliet Catholic (IL) running back Malin Jones has his recruitment completed, and knows he's going to be a Northwestern Wildcat.

After a 9-2 season with his Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers, Malin Jones is training with the school's track team.

Malin Jones made his commitment official prior to Northwestern's game against Michigan State, and has had no regrets ever since.

The decision came early under Jones' parents' suggestion, and he hasn't had any regrets. Jones gave his verbal commitment to Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald prior to the Wildcats' loss to Michigan State, but his biggest worry was that he would lose touch with Fitzgerald and the NU coaches.

That has not been the case for Jones, who says he keeps liking Northwestern more and more.

"I talk to Coach Fitzgerald every week," Jones said. "It's great to see that they really want me there."

Since his commitment in October, Jones has visited with Northwestern coaches whenever they come by Joliet Catholic, and Jones has seen Northwestern a few times as well. Jones attended three Northwestern games, most recently at Wrigley Field for the Wrigleyville Classic.

Jones said his next visit to Northwestern will be on Junior Day, when he will meet up with the 2012 recruits.

Since Jones has already committed, he has taken it upon himself to become a recruiter for Northwestern. His first objective is to build an offensive line.

"Dan Voltz and I talk a little," Jones said of the four-star offensive guard. "He's somebody I'd really like to see go to Northwestern, because he could make me look good."

Jones said his other recruiting target is three-star wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp of rival Montini Catholic High School. Jones said he constantly talks with Westerkamp on Facebook, and is trying to bring him to Northwestern.

With his recruitment completed, Jones is happy to avoid the often-stressful process of recruitment, something which he acknowledged can be a struggle.

"Now, I sit back. I've got friends that are going through the process. Some are having problems finding offers, and they're overwhelmed."

With his choice made, Malin Jones is excited to be a Wildcat. His relationship with the football program continues to improve, and he admits to having no regrets. So is going to stay committed to the Wildcats?

Yes. I'm 100% committed.


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