Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller linebacker Shane Jones has seen his offer list hit an even dozen, adding most of those in the last month. His most recent one came from Big 12 power Oklahoma late last week.
"I was talking to my coach who said it was pretty big because they are one of the programs that year in and year out is always competing for national championships," Jones said of the Oklahoma offer.
"On the day of the offer, I talked to Coach [Tim] Kish, the linebackers coach, and Coach [Mike] Stoops, the defensive coordinator. They said they love the way I played and how physical I am. They were seeing if I could come out there sometime, later in the year."
Jones says he has the interest in Oklahoma to visit the Sooners at some point in the process, but the distance and the cost of the trip will make it difficult in the near term. He is considering Oklahoma as a potential official visit destination if his recruitment goes out that far.
"If I feel like I am ready, I will probably go ahead and give a verbal, but if not then I'll go ahead and wait," Jones said. "There are no favorites yet; I'm still trying to focus on our guys at Moeller first."
One of Jones' senior teammates from this past fall, wide receiver Monty Madaris, signed with Michigan State earlier this month. Jones also has an offer from the Spartans and visited East Lansing this past weekend, returning home to discuss the visit with Madaris.
"I was actually with him today and he was asking me how I liked it, saying he should have come up with us," Jones said. "I really did enjoy it. I think the biggest thing for me was the chance to talk with the players. Denicos Allen came in and we talked to him and William Gholston, Travis Jackson and Chris Norman."
Next up for Jones are visits to Michigan on March 10 and Illinois on March 16. He holds offers from both programs.