With the class of 2014 winding down, the Michigan coaching staff seems to be locked in on the running back, safety and defensive end positions, with emphasis on RB and DE. Michigan offered Texas running back Vic Enwere very late in the recruiting process, and it has now extended an offer to Minnesota commitment Jeff Jones, according to multiple sources.
Jones, who has been committed to Minnesota for the better part of a year now, exploded onto the national scene following a strong senior season that ended with him earning MVP honors in the Under Armour All-American Game -- a game that included the likes of Leonard Fournette and Jabrill Peppers, among others.
Coming in at 5'11", 196 pounds, Jones is your prototypical modern running back who can do everything you ask of him, playing both defensive back and running back at a very high level on film:
Jones' strength is in his cutting ability; he's going to make you miss with sharp slashes and jump-cuts if you take an improper angle. He has a clean frame and can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he has also shown solid power for a back his size. He showcased this all-around talent on ESPN and watched as his stock soared across the country.
Will Michigan be able to lure Jones away, or at least get him on campus for an official visit? That all remains to be seen. Scout's Allen Trieu, who originally broke the news, believes there's interest on both ends:
The Wolverines have a chance to bring him in on an official visit, and they could be fighting with another struggling program in the Florida Gators, who have already locked him in for an official visit on January 24th.
Expect more programs to offer Jones within the next week. It's common for select players -- especially skill players like running backs and wide receivers -- to blow up following All-American contests, often leading to a recruitment that drags on for much longer than the prospect originally anticipated. Minnesota has work left to do if it wants to keep Jones in its class.