One of the latest Michigan football offers is 2016 defensive tackle Naquan Jones (Evanston, Ill.). I got a chance to speak with Jones about his offer and how he feels about Michigan heading in this new direction.
Jones was offered on Monday by Chris Partridge, who recently took a job in the recruiting department after resigning as head coach Paramus Catholic High School, where he coached Jabrill Peppers.
Defensive line coach Greg Mattison was on hand to speak to Jones, and he relayed some of the staff’s plans for the 6-foot-4, 296-pound tackle.
“He was telling me that the new defense they’re trying to install,” said Jones, “they’re wanting me to play in between the one and three technique.”
That means Jones would keep his position on the defensive line, lining up on the inside.
“I really like what they were installing,” Jones said. “I just like all the new coaches coming in. I mean obviously coach Harbaugh coming in from the highest position … I feel like he’ll bring a lot to the Michigan program.”
While Michigan seems to be in good position moving forward, Jones doesn’t plan on falling in love with a coach or staff, given the unfortunate events that took place following National Signing Day this year. Former UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich and former Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton both bolted for the NFL shortly after numerous high school football players signed on to play with their respective schools.
“Actually when I got offered by Michigan State,” said Jones, “coach [Pat] Narduzzi ended up going to Pitt. The he ended up offering me at Pitt.
“So I feel like with the new coaching staff I don’t want to be at the point where I’m really comfortable with a coach and then he ends up leaving. I don’t think, necessarily, it’ll change my perception of a school or the team, but I don’t want to build a really good, strong relationship with a coach and then have him ending up leaving.”
Jones said Harbaugh was in a meeting at the time he was offered, so the two weren’t able to speak. The plan is to talk sometime “later next week.”
Jones also said he plans on getting back on campus for a visit sometime after his March 3 ACT.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.