February 28, 2012

DB Joshua Jones starting to pick up interest

Joshua Jones is a junior 6-foot-2, 202-pound defensive back from Walled Lake (Mich.) Western. He has not picked up any offers yet, but he has drawn interest from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Jones started his high school career at Southfield High School before transferring to Western Lake Western. Looking ahead to the choice of what college he will attend, he is looking for a place that feels like home and where it will be easy for him to succeed.

"I'm looking for someplace where I can fit in and succeed. A place where I can display my abilities. A place that other stands out to me and others, but where I can still fit in at. That's the most important thing to me: a place where I can play at and fit in at and where I can make the most of my abilities."

The Walled Lake junior has already visited Michigan State and is planning to visit Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan, among others, at different points this spring. He said that he is not sure when he would like to make a verbal commitment to a program.

Most schools are recruiting Jones to play defensive back, particularly safety, but there has been some interest from a few schools in having him play of the offensive side of the ball. He has played wingback in his high school offense.

Last fall, Walled Lake Western went 8-1 in the regular season, winning a Kensington Lake - North conference championship along the way. Western won three games in the playoffs, including a 21-20 overtime victory over Port Huron to win a Regional Championship, before falling to Lowell, 42-35, in overtime in the state semi-finals.

The Walled Lake Western junior had 40 tackles in 2011, along with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He also returned kicks and punts for Western. He scored four touchdowns during the 2011 season.

Jones is excited for his senior season. He has high expectations for himself and for the rest of his team next fall.

"I expect a lot of good things this season. We went 11-2 last year and were one game away from playing for Division 2 State Championship. We were just one play away. I expect us to get over that hump and to work together as a team to make that happen."

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