January 20, 2013

Florida DT is #17 for MSU

Michigan State picked up its second commitment of the weekend and likely it's last for the class of 2013 when 6-foot-3, 275-pound Noah Jones of Ft. Lauderdale Dillard High School committed to the Spartans earlier tonight SpartanMag.com has quotes from Jones about his decision to join the Green and White.

As we indicated earlier this week, Jones is a fast rising prospect that the staff recently identified based on his senior film and they immediately turned up the heat on his recruitment. Jones officially visited Michigan State this weekend and had an outstanding time while on campus. He told SpartanMag.com the following:

"My visit went very well, I would give it an A+. I loved how the school is like a family and not just a football team, but the students as well. My mom and grandma came with me and they loved it too."

Jones was originally planning on making his college choice later this week, but that changed tonight when he spoke with the Spartan staff.

"I decided to make my commitment to Michigan State," Jones said. "It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. I spoke with Coach Staten and then with Coach Dantonio and they were excited to hear that I had decided to become a Spartan."

Michigan State is very tight on scholarships; did that impact your decision?

"Yes it did. They had told me that they only had 1 spot left and I just wanted to make sure I did not miss out on the opportunity. The coaches said they were happy that I decided to commit so now they are done and they do not have to go out and look for anyone else."

As SpartanMag.com indicated Joness is player that has seen his stock rise significantly after his senior season. Much of that is attributed to the fact that he added a solid amount of quality size over the last 9 months without losing any speed. A year ago Jones was a 230-pound DL prospect that was not getting BCS level attention, now he is headed to the Big Ten. If Jones ends up being a significant contributor for the Spartans it will be another example of the staff excelling at the evaluation aspect of recruiting and not resting on laurels of other teams or recruiting services.

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