Card Jones-ing for a Michigan wideout

WR Tony Jones

Despite the limited space left in Stanford's 2010 recruiting class, it seems likely that the Card will take at least one more wide receiver to complement Scout 300 member Tai-ler Jones. While there are several excellent players still on the board at that position, one of the receivers more likely to land on the Farm is Grand Blanc Community HS (Grand Blanc, MI) star Tony Jones.

After recently having cut down his list of more than 17 offers to a top-six of Missouri, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Stanford, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, in no particular order, Tony Jones spoke with TheBootleg.com on Wednesday and told us that he is getting closer to making his college decision.

"I could possibly be making a decision within the next couple of weeks now," Jones said. "I want to get out to a couple more schools before I make my decision. I want to go back to Northwestern and I want to visit Missouri."

In recent weeks, Jones has flown all across the country to participate in one-day camps and to get a better flavor for some of the schools that have offered him.

This past weekend, Jones made an unofficial visit to Stanford, for the Cardinal's camp and Junior Day.

The trip, Jones' first to California, proved memorable.

"It was everything I expected and more," Jones said. "I heard a lot of great things about Stanford and how beautiful the state of California was before my trip. It was definitely all that and more. I really, really liked it out there and wouldn't mind living out there for the next four or five years. "The campus itself is beautiful: you can't really beat the palm trees and sunny skies. It's just a beautiful campus. Everything looks pretty new. I've never seen a campus like that, ever."

Jones flew into the Bay Area late Saturday night and spent all day Sunday with his family taking in some historic landmarks.

"My stepfather, my mother and I just drove around California and had a chance to go to the Golden Gate Bridge and do a lot of sightseeing," Jones said.

Then, on Monday, Jones participated in the camp.

"The camp went great," Jones said. "I feel that it was my best workout so far this summer. I had the great opportunity to work with Coach Harbaugh himself and [offensive coordinator David] Shaw. That was a great opportunity for me and I learned a lot of things."

Jones said that the Cardinal coaches also seemed impressed with his performance.

"They said they loved me and would love to have me there at Stanford," Jones said. "They had a lot of things that they could teach me and help make me a better player."

On Tuesday, after many of the campers had returned home, Jones and his family stayed in Palo Alto to be a part of Stanford's Junior Day festivities.

"I went on an actual campus tour and got a chance to see the facilities," Jones said. "We had the chance to speak with a few professors and actually even sat in a classroom. What I really enjoyed the most was meeting Condoleezza Rice. She spoke to the large group of us about her experiences at Stanford and what she liked so much about it. What surprised me is that she's actually a football fan."

Jones also had an opportunity to meet individually with Coach Harbaugh.

"Coach Harbaugh really emphasized that they're building a championship-caliber team and it would definitely be a great opportunity to be a part of something special like that," Jones said.

Jones also was able to get acquainted with several other Stanford prospects that were present at the Junior Day, including Pennsylvania wide receiver Jarrod West, and 2010 commits Tate Nichols and Tai-ler Jones. But it was a 2009 commit that seemed to make the biggest impression on Jones and his family.

"Jamal Patterson and I exchanged phone numbers and that was pretty good," Jones said. "Jamal just told me what a great opportunity I had to be a part of the Stanford Cardinal with the Ivy League education and Pac-10 football."

A three-star player, Jones is rated as the 61st best wide receiver in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com.


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