February 17, 2012

Spartans after another Moeller star

Michigan State has had tremendous recruiting success at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati. That success has been enhanced by the fact that Moeller standouts have made strong contribution to the Spartan program under Head Coach Mark Dantonio. Linebacker Shane Jones is the next Moeller star that the Spartans are after.

First it was Consensus All-American Greg Jones in 2007, then it was freshman All-American Marcus Rush 2010, in 2012 it was All-Ohio wide receiver Monty Madaris and in 2013 the Spartans hope to add Jones to the list of Moeller standouts that became members of the Green and White.

Jones, who holds scholarship offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Cincinnati, was recently named a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com. The designation cam about not only due to his impressive list of scholarships, but a strong performance at the U.S. Army All-American Combine that was held in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2012 Michigan State did not hit the linebacker position hard due to signing a strong class in 2011. The Spartans only signed 1 linebacker in 2012, Riley Bullough of Traverse City Saint Francis High school. For that reason, the staff is looking to add a few standout s linebackers to the class of 2013 and Jones is one of the top recruits on the board.

Earlier this week Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt reported that Michigan State had offered Jones a scholarship. SpartanMag.com spoke with Jones and got the details.

"My coach told me that I needed to call Michigan State after school and that is when they told me I had a scholarship offers," Jones said. It means a lot to me because Michigan State is a great program. They said they like me because I am a smart player and I am fast and physical. I will be going up there on February 25th."

At 6-foot-1, 215-pounds Jones is a versatile linebacker prospect that has the ability to project at both the inside and outside positions. That versatility allowed Moeller High School to move him around some this past fall and take advantage of his play-making skills. We asked Jones about his junior season and playing for a program with a rich tradition of success like Moeller.

"I was 2nd team Greater Catholic League," Jones said. "I had 90 tackles with 9 for loss, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. Playing at Moeller has been the best time. We play tough teams every week. It is great seeing guys from Moeller go on to have success. It just shows that if you keep working hard you can have success too."

It is another strong year for talent in the state of Ohio and Coach Dantonio and his staff are hoping to bring in several players that can keep the Spartans on the top of the Big Ten. Jones is the type of player the staff feels has the ability to continue the tradition of great Moeller Spartans.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow up with Jones after his visit to Michigan State. Coming off back to back 11-win season Coach Dantonio and his staff are being very aggressive going after the players they have at the top of their recruiting board.

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