|Mike Jones (#27)|
Jones committed to Michigan on August 1, 2008, as a part of the 2009 class; he picked Michigan over offers from Auburn, Central Florida, North Carolina, and South Florida. He came from Orlando (FL) Edgewater as part of Rich Rodriguez's attempted raid on the state of Florida, a few years after Lloyd Carr landed wide receiver Greg Mathews from the same school.
As purely a special teamer in 2009, Jones made 3 tackles in seven games. He played in just two games as a sophomore before succumbing to injury, totaling just 1 tackle; he received a medical redshirt (which preserved his eligibility for 2013). As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, Jones made 4 tackles. He followed that up by playing in all thirteen games as a redshirt junior in 2012, but he failed to accrue any statistics. Altogether, Jones made 8 total tackles in 29 games.
Jones, who claimed a 4.5 forty coming out of high school and was noted for his speed, never seemed physically capable of keeping up with Big Ten athletes. He always seemed a step or two slow, and he didn't have the bulk to be a serious option at middle linebacker - a position where speed isn't required for success. Jones added weight consistently, going from 203 lbs. as a freshman to 226 lbs. this past season, but small-ish linebackers need to be faster than he was. For the past couple off-seasons, I have had a feeling that Jones might not return because I wondered if he would ever find a role; that time finally came.
Since Jones was going to run out of eligibility after the coming year, his departure does not affect the 2014 recruiting class. He was also not expected to be on Michigan's two-deep in the fall, having dropped behind younger players at MIKE (junior Desmond Morgan, sophomore Joe Bolden) and WILL (sophomores James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone). Jones was also not particularly productive on special teams, so the team likely won't feel much of an impact on the field.
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