July 22, 2008
Jones' rapport with Hopson pivotal to commitment
Looking for someone to thank for Michigan's newest commitment - three-star defensive lineman DeQuinta Jones? Look no further than U-M linebackers coach Jay Hopson, Bastrop (La.) High School coach Brad Bradshaw said Tuesday
"Jay has been recruiting DeQuinta since he was a sophomore," Bradshaw said. "He signed his older brother a few years ago and has an outstanding relationship with the entire family. He's recruited a bunch of kids from our school before, signed a few, and I told DeQuinta, 'If you want to go way up there to Michigan you have my support because I trust Jay Hopson completely.'"
Jones, who also sported offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and California, made his decision on Monday morning while watching television with Bradshaw.
"We had ESPN on and there was a segment from Ann Arbor about Michigan's national championship teams [Titletown], and I just saw this big smile on DeQuinta's face," Bradshaw recalled. "He didn't even have to say anything because knowing the kid I knew he had made his decision. I was calling Coach Hopson about something else so it worked out that we could get this done as soon as he was ready.
"I made DeQuinta call Coach Rodriguez because it's important you let the head coach know. He had a private conversation but obviously he was pretty happy when he had let the [Michigan] coaches know he was a Wolverine."
Listed at 6-2, 265 pounds, Jones has actually added a significant amount of weight in the past few months. He's tipping the scales at 304 pounds according to Bradshaw but will drop down to 280-290 by the start of the 2008 season. Though included among defensive ends by Rivals.com, Jones is maturing into a tackle.
"There are going to be some kids that can run better - he's not an edge guy that is going to make millions of dollars someday rushing the passer - but in terms of squeezing a block, playing with great pad level, filling his lanes and pushing the pocket around, he's going to excel in those areas," Bradshaw said.
"He's a run stuffer, but he's also someone that on passing downs is going to command a lot of double teams and free up his teammates. He's just a big, powerful kid that is going to cause a lot of problems in the middle of an offensive line."
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