The Michigan State Spartans have been relatively quiet on the recruiting trail so far this offseason while their in-state rival Michigan has dominated the headlines, but Mark Dantonio and his staff were able to fire back at the Wolverines on Monday as they secured a commitment from 4-star linebacker Shane Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio).
"I'm committed to play for Michigan State," Jones told Rivals.com Monday afternoon.
Jones, who is the nation's No. 14-ranked inside linebacker, made his decision after taking in one of the Spartans' spring practices late last week. It is safe to say Jones' first impression of East Lansing and the Michigan State coaching staff in February stuck with him throughout the rest of his recruiting process.
"It was my first time at Michigan State and I was really impressed," Jones told SpartanMag.com back in late February. "The campus and facilities were great and I enjoyed spending time with the coaches."
The Moeller High School standout will follow his former teammate Monty Madaris, who signed a letter of intent to play wide receiver for the Spartans in February, to East Lansing. Current Michigan State standout defensive end Marcus Rush and former All-American linebacker Greg Jones played their high school football at Moeller as well.
"I think what draws Michigan State to us is that we have really good football players that compete at a high level and are well-coached," the 6'1" and 220-pounder said. "They've come in here and picked out some of our best...Michigan State seems to like Moeller football players."
The Spartans already have 4-star linebacker Jon Reschke (Bloomfield, Mich.) in the fold for 2013, but Jones' versatility should give him a leg up when it comes to competing with his future teammate.
"The coaches were saying that I have the ability to play all three of the different linebacker positions at Michigan State," Jones said. "They really like the way I play and compete within our system at Moeller."
Jones chose the Spartans over more than 20 schools and is the sixth member of Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class, which features himself and Reschke as the only 4-star commitments along with four 3-star prospects.
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