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2014 OT Jamarco Jones talks offer list

9/11/2012

Michigan has already offered 15 offensive linemen for the 2014 class, more than any other position group thus far. It's evident that depth is needed for the Wolverines on both the offensive and defensive lines, which is why so many offers have been extended.

One of the bigger targets from the Midwest for most Big Ten teams is Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle), who holds offers from Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Nebraska, among others. Despite the early attention, Jones says he has no favorites at this time.

"I'm open to go anywhere, and I'll go wherever fits me best," he said. "Right now I'm just trying to look at every school equally. I'm just grateful for every offer I get."

Jones says he believes he can fit into any offense because his school runs some spread and some pro-style stuff. He prides himself on his pass-blocking ability, how well he can move for his size -- something that playing basketball for his high school team has helped with -- and his passion for the game.

Since he is focused on his high school team, Jones doesn't know when he'll be able to make it out to any college football games this season. He has already taken a visit to Ann Arbor during the offseason, but he would like to see Michigan's gameday atmosphere as well.

"I definitely want to try to get out [to Michigan] this fall. I just have to figure out which one I can make it to," he said. "I won't be able to make it to very many because of my season. Sometimes we practice on Saturdays, so I don't really know until the week of."

His first visit to Michigan was productive in the sense that he got to see the everyday aspects of the program. Jones says academics are a big part of his decision, so he was happy that the Michigan coaches showed him the academic side of the university.

"I know Michigan is a great program and they have great academics. We talked about the direction of the program and me as a player, and then we did the academic tour," he said. "It showed me how important academics are to them. They take it very seriously and they provide you with top-notch resources -- tutors and everything."

Academics, how comfortable he feels with the program, and his relationship with the coaching staff will be the main factors in his decision. That makes his offseason visit that much more important for Michigan as the coaches have already started to establish their relationship.