2012 Defensive Back Checks In On Rutgers

Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) defensive back Shayne Jones is new to the recruiting process, but that could change in a few months. The class of 2012 Jones made an unofficial visit to Rutgers and watched Thursday's practice. Afterward, he spoke to ScarletReport.com about the visit, how it came about, and what he took from it.

Highly-rated class of 2011 defensive end Ishaq Williams made an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Thursday, but he wasn't the only one.

Class of 2012 defensive back Shayne Jones of Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) accepted an invitation from the coaching staff to check things out.

"My coach put my name out there, and (Rutgers assistant) coach (Bob) Fraser said to come check out a practice," the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jones said. "He sent an email back saying I'm a person that Rutgers would like to get to know. So, I went up there with my coach."

Jones is a newbie to the recruiting process. He played in a reserve role for the Spartans as a sophomore, but will start in the secondary this season.

He also returned punts last season, averaging nearly nine yards per return. He also will play receiver for the Spartans, but likes playing defense.

"I like defense. I like to hit people better," he said. "Everybody likes to score touchdowns and play wide receiver, but I would say I'm better a defensive back. I think my coaches would say so."

Jones is receiving interest from Vanderbilt as well as a number of non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

His visit to Rutgers marked the first time he saw a college practice, and he came away quite impressed.

"I'm glad I got up there," Jones said. "It was really cool. I've never been to a practice like that before. I'm looking for how hard the kids work, and I like that they're real intense. Our practices aren't like that. It makes me feel like I want to get my team really intense in practice."

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