DeAndre Jones, the 6-foot, 225-pound, three-star linebacker from University High School in Memphis, Tenn., has narrowed his choices to three schools and all have offered: Stanford (slight leader), Michigan State and Kentucky.
Jones visited Stanford on Sept. 15 and came away very impressed with the Cardinal. "I loved the trip," Jones said. "I had a great time. I really liked the coaching staff and I had a lot of fun there. The team is really nice and they have a guy from Memphis (linebacker Peter Griffin), so we spent a lot of time talking about the differences between Tennessee and California and how not to get home sick. He said the adjustment really wasn’t that bad and that the quality education and degree you can get there makes it all worth it."
Jones was also very impressed by Stanford's victory over USC last weekend (Oct. 6). "That was huge," Jones said. "Beating USC is a big win for the program and I really think it'll help recruiting. They have a lot of talent and they finally put it all together."
Although Scout.com's No. 37 weakside linebacker says it's a close race between his three favorites, he gives the Cardinal a slight edge. "It wouldn't be fair to say that Stanford is my number one school because I haven't visited the others yet, but right now they probably are…sort of…kind of, the leader."
Jones said he also had offers from Indiana and Ole Miss, but says that the Hoosiers and Rebels are no longer recruiting him. "I guess they've lost interest because they haven't called me or anything," he said.
Michigan State is recruiting Jones the hardest. "They've been keeping in close contact with me," he said. "I have a great relationship with their coaches and they seem to really like me. They said that I'd have a good chance to play early there."
Another school where Jones feels he'd be an early contributor is Kentucky. "They are having a great season and are still a young team," he said. "They have a really good offense and just need a little help on defense."
Jones says he plans to make his decision before the end of the year.
University High School is currently 4-3 and Jones has 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, three fumbles caused, one recovered for a touchdown and one blocked punt.
He reports a 4.0 core GPA and an 1160 two-part SAT.