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Michigan, Indiana offer Cincinnati junior

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While a number of his senior teammates were celebrating the end of their college recruitments Wednesday, Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller junior linebacker Shane Jones was enjoying the beginning of his with two brand new Big Ten conference offers.
Jones' first offer came in from Cincinnati earlier this winter. A conversation with Michigan assistant coach Mark Smith Tuesday night revealed the Wolverines were the second offer for the Cincinnati linebacker and that was quickly joined by a third offer on Wednesday.
"I am sitting in class and find out I got another offer from Indiana," Jones said. "So, it's been pretty productive for me.
"It's crazy because I had never talked to Michigan and I never talked to Indiana, really. To get those two was pretty crazy."
Jones' Indiana offer was just rumor to the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker until he finished school and was able to confirm it with Hoosier's assistant coach Deland McCullough.
"I came home and talked to the coach and he said they were definitely offering me and they want to get me up there to show themselves to me," Jones said. "He told me he saw that I could blitz, off the edge, I could cover, I could run and I could come up and stop the run too. He thought I was a complete linebacker."
The conversation with Coach Smith at Michigan on Tuesday allowed Jones to find out what the Wolverines liked about his game.
"He said he, the d-line coach and the DB coach all sat down and watched my highlight tape," Jones said. "They were just like, 'We've got to get in touch with this guy and offer him.'
"I probably am going to talk to them this weekend some more and get a chance to visit them this spring. There is a lot of interest from me because that is a place that many, many people have come out of. And they are building now with the coach they've got now."
Jones has already visited Cincinnati for a junior day and he is looking to line up several other trips during the coming months.
"We're going to start knocking them out," Jones said. "We'll probably go up to Michigan in the spring, Indiana in the spring and a few other places."
Jones led the Moeller defense this past fall with 89 tackles and also tallied nine tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.
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