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Two leaders for safety

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Mike Jones is a hard hitting safety from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater High School. Jones, 6-3 and 200 pounds, recorded 56 tackles, eight sacks, forced four fumbles, and had 10 pass deflections last season as a junior.
"I love the contact," Jones said. "I have the speed to get to the ball. I just think I have that game speed. I make a lot of plays and read and react quickly. I think I am good in coverage as well but I know I need to work on my hips.
"Most schools are recruiting me as a strong safety but I know I may grow into a linebacker. It's doesn't matter to me. I just like to play."
According to Jones he has six scholarship offers. Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and UCF have offered.
"I really like Michigan a lot. I like Notre Dame too. They are my top two schools.
"Michigan has always been good. They have a huge fan base with a big stadium. It's crazy. I have not been up there yet and I will go there this summer or maybe the fall. I think I fit in with their defense from what I know. I can fit in just about anywhere because there is versatility to my game.
"Notre Dame is a smart school and you need grades and better be able to handle the academics. They have a great fan base. I love coach (Corwin) Brown. I would like to play for him. He's a real fiery guy.
"I also like Wake Forest and Auburn a lot as well.
"I love how Wake Forest uses their safety spot. I know I could excel there. They bring you up to box and blitz.
"Auburn is a little closer to home than the others. They were the first to offer and Auburn is such a good program. They always have a great defense."
As things stand right now Jones appears to be leaving the Sunshine State.
"It looks that way, that I will leave (the state). I would like to get some playing time or at least love to try and play early. Scheme is definitely big for me and I want to see where I fit in. I also have to like the coaches and they have to have a good staff in place. You have to have a good relationship with the coaching staff."
Jones has only taken one official visit and that was locally to UCF. This summer he's hoping to camp at both Michigan and Notre Dame. He is also hoping to check out Auburn before the end of the month.
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