3-star wide receiver Da'Mario Jones out of Westland, Michigan has committed to play football for the University of Michigan.
Allen Triue of Scout.com reports the news of Michigan's latest commitment, which was originally told to Fox Sports Next:
The 6'2", 190-lb wide receiver from Westland John Glenn, a three-star prospect previously committed to Central Michigan, picked up an offer from the Wolverines today and made it official.
"Actually, I was in my school library, and Coach Borges called and I picked up the phone and he said they gave me a full ride. I talked it over with my parents and we felt it was the best thing for me to do. I'm officially decommitted from Central Michigan."
This is a nice commitment for Brady Hoke and the Wolverines. With the addition of Jones, the Wolverines' 2013 class now has 23 verbal commitments and is looking very strong.
Here's my full scouting report on Michigan's newest commitment:
- Name: Da'Mario Jones
- Hometown: Westland, Michigan
- School: John Glenn
- Position: Wide receiver
- Height: 6'2'' (247Sports)
- Weight: 195 lbs (247Sports)
- 40-yard Dash: 4.4 seconds (Rivals.com)
- Rankings: 3-star (247Sports), 3-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation), N/R (Scout.com), N/R (Rivals)
Jones has the ability to be a major vertical threat, and that's exactly the kind of receiver Brady Hoke is going to need if he wants to successfully transition to a pro-style offense.
Jones obviously has great speed at 4.4, but he also possesses football speed, and there is a difference. He runs purposefully down the field and has a very good stride which allows him to cover more ground than most defenders. He's a very good over-the-top threat on fade routes, and he's not afraid to go up and get the ball.
In the pictures below you can see his process of going up for a ball on a fade route. Notice his eyes are constantly on the football, he extends his arm to create natural separation but doesn't push off.
He also goes up and high-points the ball over two defenders even though one of them had just as good of a shot at intercepting it. In this play, he displayed great athleticism, focus and leaping ability.
He's an extremely athletic player, which helps him make plays as a receiver, but he can also play corner or even running back. Jones isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and be physical after the catch as well, and he looks like the kind of receiver that can go into traffic and come away with the football.
Overall, he may not be a superstar, but he can be a very solid player at the college level.
Even though he's just a 3-star receiver, I do believe Jones has the intangibles to be very successful at Michigan. He has good size, great speed, and his ability to go up and make a play on the ball will make him a very valuable asset in the pro-style system Hoke wants to run.
Jones may not be the biggest name in Michigan's 2013 class, but he'll be one of the more effective ones when all is said and done.