Micah Jones sees the end of his recruitment coming soon, even if he’s just heading toward the end of his sophomore year of high school.
Scholarship offers — Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt — have already rolled in to the Gurnee, Ill., product. Michigan State and Notre Dame are among the other programs expressing significant interest.
Jones envisions visiting and camping at some of these programs in the coming weeks and months. By the end of the summer he could very well arrive at a verbal commitment.
“I’ve been recruited for quite a while now,” Jones said. “Since I was a freshman or eighth grader. It’s been a lot. It’s been hectic, a lot of stuff to do and a lot to talk with coaches and stuff like that. There’s a lot of pressure. That’s probably why right now. I’m just getting tired of it.”
There are a couple more pieces to the puzzle remaining.
Michigan State and Notre Dame represent a pair of offers Jones would like to add before making a choice. He also plans to camp at Cal and perhaps take a look at Stanford.
Jones will take an unofficial visit to Notre Dame for Junior Day this weekend. He last visited for a game last season. This time around the 6-foot-5, 196-pound prospect wants to get a more in-depth look at everything in South Bend.
“I want to see the campus a little more,” Jones said. “I wasn’t able to see it that much. But I did like the stadium, how back to the olden days it kind of was. It was a classic stadium. It’s not flashy and that. It’s just a stadium where you go out there and play ball and do your thing.”
Since last visiting, Jones has been keeping in touch with the coaching staff. Notre Dame is a program he’s been paying attention to for years.
“It’s definitely been a school I’ve grown up watching and stuff like that,” he said. “I haven’t just learned about it. I’ve been watching them for awhile, especially since they got that tight end from Bishop Gorman. I liked him a lot. I saw him go over there. They’ve been getting a lot of good recruits lately. I’ve been watching them quite a bit actually.”
Jones will visit Michigan State on Monday for a spring practice and will likely see Illinois soon too. Given the potential timeline of his recruitment, Jones views these trips as important.
He and his family are looking for some particulars.
“Definitely a good education for my family,” Jones said. “We’re all looking at a place where you can get a good education, good degree. You never know if you’re going to the NFL or whatever it is. You just need a good degree, so definitely education. Also the family vibe that the program has for me and my family. I’m looking to see what kind of players they have, what kind of personalities they have to see if I can get along with those guys. Then the position coach, see if he brings me in like family.”