- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Shane Jones (Cincinnati/Moeller) saw a run of new offers come in early in March, but his recruitment has slowed down somewhat since then. However, Jones has added three more offers over the last few weeks.
Penn State, Purdue and, most recently, Texas A&M have extended offers to the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker.
Jones first heard from the new Penn State staff during the winter when assistant coach John Butler visited Moeller. The two did not talk during that visit because of NCAA rules, but Jones spoke with Butler at a later time on the phone.
“Basically, they like the way I play,” Jones said. “They think I can be an inside or outside linebacker.”
With the well-known “Linebacker U” moniker tagged to the Penn State program, Jones was thrilled to get an offer from the Nittany Lions.
“I thought it was pretty big, because Penn State over the past few years has had a number of great linebackers come from there,” Jones said.
Purdue and Texas A&M both extended through Jones’ high school coach.
Stanford is one school Jones believes could offer sometime soon.
“When you think of Stanford you think of the school,” Jones said, “but now you have a football team that’s turning it around and competing in the BCS.”
Academics will be one of the key factors in Jones’ decision.
“Basically how I fit in the system and the guys already there, academics of course, and the best overall fit for me and my family.”
Jones is recovering from a left shoulder injury suffered during the season and hopes it will be only a few more weeks before he is back to 100 percent.
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