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Welcome Aboard - Noah Jones

MSU adds second commitment of big recruiting weekend.

Leon Halip

Defensive tackle Noah Jones, Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) - (6-foot-3, 277 pounds)

Ratings: 247 (3 stars), Rivals (2 stars), Scout (unranked), ESPN (unranked)

Other notable offers: Cincinnati, Connecticut

For the second straight year, Michigan State offered a relatively unknown defensive tackle late and secured a commitment.

After picking up David Fennell late in the recruiting process last year, the Spartans struck again with Noah Jones in the 2013 class.

Jones' recruitment took less than a week, after being offered on Jan. 14, he committed after his official visit ended Sunday.

Jones is the 17th commitment -- and the third from Florida. He joins fellow defensive tackle Devyn Salmon and defensive back Justin Williams, who committed this past weekend, too.

His high school, Dillard, also produced Spartan great Lorenzo White.

Jones lines up all over the defensive line, from a defensive tackle to a stand-up defensive end. At all these spots, though, he shows the same skills: A great burst and getting a quick jump on the snap.

His strength looks to be in the defending against the run, as he gets in the backfield quickly and blows the play up. He also isn't too shabby in rushing the quarterback in pass defense, either.

I am not a fan of making direct player comparisons, but when you see those skills, you are reminded of what Jerel Worthy was so good at during his time at Michigan State.

In that, he seems like a prototypical 3-technique defensive tackle (one who lines up between the guard and tackle on the offensive line).

The area the staff at MSU will focus on improving Jones' game is his pad level, there are plays where he stays high -- which is easy to do when he is larger than the offensive linemen and can use his size and strength to maneuver. On the next level, keeping low and using that leverage will be essential to his development.

According to SpartanMag's Matt Dorsey, a big sell for the Spartans' staff on Jones was the fact he gained 30 pounds in the past nine months without losing speed.

The 2013 class appears to be done at this point, with only a select few players remaining that the staff would add. MSU will host California athlete Drake Martinez, the younger brother of Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, this weekend.

Rumors also are swirling about a pair of North Carolina commits from the same high school, Greg Webb and Dajuan Drennon, possibly making a visit. If they do, you can believe the staff would find a way to make room in this class for the two elite defensive line prospects.


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