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Iowa could land Toledo decommit soon

5/31/2012

Josh Jones (Walled Lakes, Mich./Western) was convinced he made the right decision with Toledo. He committed earlier this month and was set on playing for the Rockets.

Then Iowa came with an offer Thursday evening, and Jones needed to take a step back and reconsider his commitment.

“I was sold on Toledo as far as the MAC, but Iowa was a dream come true,” Jones said shortly after his decommitment. “I always wanted to play on the big stage.

“Iowa is a very solid program. It’s a winning program. When I got that I was very excited. That was great. I just had to sit back, decommit from Toledo and look at my options.”

It might not be long before the 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety is back off the market, though. He doesn’t want to rush into a decision but knows time is limited.

“I’m not going to jump on it too fast. It’s a bigger school so you have to move at a faster pace, don’t want (the spot) to be taken,” Jones said. “I’ll probably make my decision within another week or two.”

Asked if Iowa would be the school he will commit to, Jones said, “I would agree.”

Hawkeyes assistant coach Darrell Wilson visited Jones’ school recently, and the staff called Western coach Mike Zdebski on Thursday to let him know Jones was receiving an offer.

Zdebski said it was Jones’ on- and off-the-field attitude that Iowa liked.

“He’s such a physical specimen. We moved him at corner, and he started for an entire season,” Zdebski said of Jones, who transferred to Western last summer. “He’s going to move to free safety. He’ll be playing some centerfield and in the box.”

“… He’s all that and he has a wonderful, charismatic personality. He’s a likeable kid and a caring kid and a focused kid.”

Zdebski compared Jones’ drive and motivation on the field to that of his former player Aric Morris, who played at Michigan State and was drafted in the fifth round in 2000.

Cincinnati, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Wisconsin also made visits to Western recently, Zdebski said. Jones feels Illinois could be his next offer.

Jones would join three-star Detroit Cass Tech safety Delano Hill in the Hawkeyes' future backfield.