March 21, 2012

Spartans after Texas wideout

One of the top wide receivers in the nation for the class of 2013 is Vequan Jones of East High School in Wylie, Texas. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-4, 201-pound prospect and got some details on his recruitment.

Michigan State recently picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch of Texas. The Spartan staff is hoping to add a few more talented Texans to the roster and Jones is one of the top players on the recruiting board for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff.

Jones is rated a 4-star recruit and the #184 prospect in the nation for the class by Rivals.com. He is also rated the #23 wide receiver in the nation and holds scholarship offers from a host of quality BCS programs such as Michigan State, Arkansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Ole, Miss, Virginia, Illinois, Purdue and Tennessee.

SpartanMag.com spoke with Jones about receiving a Michigan State scholarship.

"Yes, Michigan State offered me," Jones stated. I spoke with the Head Coach (Mark Dantoinio and the wide receiver coach (Terry Samuel). They are one of the teams I like a lot. I hope to get up there sometime"

Jones is a 3-sport athlete for East High School. In addition to football, he also plays basketball and run track. His busy schedule makes it difficult for him visit as many teams as he would like, but he hopes to do some of that this summer and fall.

"I want to get out and visit some schools this summer," he said. "I also want to take some official visits in the fall so I can see some of the schools that are further away."

The Spartans will look to get Jones on campus one way or another (official or unofficial) in the coming months. The Michigan State staff like big wide receivers and Jones has a frame to fill out and be a 215-220-pound player without losing his speed.

As far as what Jones is looking for in a school and when he will make his college choice, he told SpartanMag.com the following:

"I will probably make my decision sometime after my senior season. I am going to look at playing time, the coaching staff and the school spirit. I want to go to a school where I feel comfortable and the team has a chance to win championships."

Being from Texas, Jones is not as familiar with Big Ten football as players the Spartans normally recruit from places like Ohio, Michigan or Indiana. With that being said, the fact that the Spartans have been putting wide receiver sin the NFL pretty much every year since Coach Dantonio arrived is something that cannot be overlooked. In a few weeks 2 more Spartan wide receivers will be drafted by the NFL and often that is the best recruiting tool of all.

SpartanMag.com will keep an eye out for Jones this summer at the Michigan State Camp. If he is unable to make it, look for the coaching staff to get him on campus for a visit when the Spartans take on the Ohio Buckeyes or Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.


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