One of the top remaining targets on the board for Michigan in 2016 is three-star linebacker Jonathan Jones. He also fits at a position of great need.
Michigan lost Joe Bolden, Desmond Morgan, and James Ross at the linebacker position after the 2015 season. That means this 2016 class could have some freshman linebackers competing for a starting spot next season, with no one on the program now holding a sure guaranteed starting spot at the position.
Jonathan Jones could end up being one of those players kin the mix. Maize 'n Brew caught up with Jones as he heads into the home stretch of his recruitment.
Jones says his recruitment started as a celebrity type feeling, to now just a normal every day thing. He expects the calls, the texts, and said, "I don't even check Twitter anymore because of (recruitment)".
With the cloud of recruiting, visits, and actual football, Jones said he hasn't once forgot what comes first: school.
"It's been all about going to college and football, but for me, at the end of the day school is still my main focus right now." Jones stated.
Jones visited one of Michigan's Citrus Bowl practices and spoke of how much he loved the practice style.
"My coach and I went out there and watched the practice," Jones said.
Here described the practice in two words, "Full throttle".
Jones spoke about the bond the players have, the chemistry shown in practice, and said he loved the, "punishing of Florida".
Jones will visit Duke at the end of the month, and says that new Michigan defensive coordinator, Don Brown, will be visiting him in-home sometime after the dead period. He is excited to learn more about Brown as a coach and person.
Regardless, he already has a high opinion of the program and where it is headed.
"Coach Harbaugh is hands down the best coach in college football," Jones said.
"Michigan is going to succeed, whether I go there or not".
Jones added in how important life after football, and education is to him. Jones believes all of his final schools offer that.
Currently the four schools left in his top four are on a level playing field, according to Jones.
Jones will announce on signing day in front of his school.