March 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Allen Trieu

Spartans among first to offer fast-rising Ohio LB Jordan Jones

Jordan Jones has been offered by Michigan State, Kentucky and Nebraska. (Scout.com)

In the last week, the recruitment of Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney junior linebacker Jordan Jones has taken flight and Michigan State was one of the schools who got in on the ground floor. They were the first to offer, followed by Kentucky and Nebraska.

The suddenness of the recruiting spike means Jones is still researching his options and learning about the programs interested in him.

“He’s still fairly new to the process,” Scout.com Ohio analyst Bill Greene said. “I think this all came fast for him and it may a little overwhelming, but he has a lot of momentum right now and I think he’s a kid who will keep getting offers.”

The schools who are offering all likely see the same attributes. Jones is long at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, and played well last season for one of the top programs in the state of Ohio. MSU has been no stranger to recruiting Ohio linebackers as names like Greg Jones and Denicos Allen have come north from those fertile recruiting grounds.

Jones paid the Spartans a visit the day he was offered.

“I was at Michigan State last weekend for the basketball game,” he said, “and I thought it was a great place. I was very happy they offered me and I think they’re a great program.”

The school that may change the face of this recruitment is Ohio State; Jones admits he grew up rooting for the Buckeyes. While a Buckeye offer may be on the horizon, Jones says his childhood affinity will not push that offer above the rest and he will look at all schools equally.

He does not plan to make an early decision, so the school that lands him will have to work for it, and Greene believes he will be well worth the effort.

“I saw him in person and the weather was horrible,” Greene said. “It was a snow-covered field and it was hard to get a true evaluation because of that. But on film he’s an explosive kid, so it’s not a surprise these schools have come calling.”

Spartans in top two for Cass Tech lineman

Detroit Cass Tech junior Joshua Alabi, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect who could play on either side of the ball in college, told InsideTennessee.com’s Riley Blevins this week that his top two are Michigan State and Tennessee. He visited the Volunteers this weekend and said the visit was “excellent.” He has visited MSU several times. He does not have a decision date planned currently.

New Jersey linebacker offered

Saleem Brightwell, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect from Paramus Catholic in New Jersey, added an offer from Michigan State this week. The Spartans are his fifth offer, along with Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers and Wake Forest. Also being looked at as a safety by some schools, Brightwell had an excellent junior campaign, accounting for 100 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble.

More information

Jordan Jones profile

Joshua Alabi profile

Saleem Brightwell profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.