JUCO DE Jones picks Spartans

<I>Jones with a tackle for loss</I>

Highly regarded JUCO defensive end will join Michigan State with two years of eligibility left. Jones is expected to fill the starting position vacated by the graduating Clifford Dukes.

(EAST LANSING) - Michigan State got a great bit of news when JUCO defensive end Bobby Jones decided to verbally commit to the Spartans.

Jones, 6-foot-5, 280-pounds from Yankton, SD elected to join Michigan State over offers from Kansas St., Wisconsin, Oregon, Cincinnati and North Carolina and South Carolina.

Jones junior college coach says the sky's the limit for the potential of this big play end. "He's got a big upside and the potential to do very well. How good he wants to be and where he goes from here is up to him now," said North Dakota State College of Science head coach Mike Beagle.

Jones recorded 38 tackles and five sacks and eight passes deflected and one interception during his sophomore season at NDSCS. He was named second-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

MSU is said to be looking at three other potential junior college players to fill in holes in prior recruiting classes.

The Spartans were believed to be interested in defensive back Jason Tanner, 6-foot, 215-pound from State College of New York, Morrisville (Morrisville State)who verballed to Syracuse.

The Spartans will receive a visit from 6-foot-5 295-pound offensive line prospect Jake Cox, from Ft. Dodge, Iowa in the coming weeks. He has said he wants to enroll in his school of choice in January, narrowing the field.

Another top JUCO prospect, offensive lineman Kenny Shane, 6-foot-6, 285-pounds from Pima, AZ will visit MSU next weekend.

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