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Micah Jones doesn’t have a lot of free time these days.
School during the day. Practice in the afternoon. Homework in the evenings. Then there are the countless calls from coaches and reporters, which he’s always gracious in answering.
So, there’s not time for much else — not even a free ticket to Monday Night Football. His Warren Township (Ill.) team was invited after the Chicago Bears practiced at their field in late August, but Jones had to turn it down.
“I had homework to do and stuff like that,” the 4-star wide receiver told Landof10.com. “It just wasn’t a good night for me to go down there. It was a fun experience for the guys that went down there, but I just didn’t have time.”
Right now, Jones focuses on getting his schoolwork done, putting together a strong junior campaign on the field and, when he has time, getting out to games.
The last part can be tough. Friday games mean Saturday morning video sessions and stretching, so day games can be tough to attend. He plans to visit Notre Dame for its 7:30 p.m. EST kickoff against Stanford on Oct. 15. He’s considering Ohio State and Wisconsin visits as well.
“We’ll see what happens,” Jones said. “I don’t know. I’m running out of time here. We’ll see what time I have and what games I can get out to.”
Michigan State remains in his plans, too. He receives letters from the Spartans almost daily, and he said building a strong relationship with quarterbacks coach Brad Salem and receivers coach Terrence Samuel is “really important to me.”
The Spartans are in Jones’ top five along with Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Notre Dame. The No. 2 prospect in Illinois picked up an offer from MSU this summer and continues to hold the school in high regard.
“It’s a beautiful campus,” he said. “The people there are really cool. They’re really family-oriented. It’s just a good school for me to go to.”
Now, it’s just about getting out to a visit. The early kickoff against Wisconsin this weekend doesn’t work, and neither will Homecoming against Northwestern if Jones ends up visiting Notre Dame that day.
But Michigan State has some enticing home games against BYU, Michigan and Ohio State still to come this season, so he has options.
“It’s pretty fun to see that they still have interest in me, and I’m going to get down there soon,” Jones said of Michigan State. “I don’t know when, but I’ll get down there soon.”
Visitor list piling up
Another top prospect has shared his intentions to visit Michigan State for Saturday’s game against Wisconsin.
— Kevin Doyle (@Kevin_Doyle_13) September 22, 2016
Kevin Doyle, a 3-star quarterback, will make the trip from his hometown of Dowington, Penn. Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook, an alumnus of Malvern Prep (Doyle’s school), will be getting his first start as a redshirt freshman.
Doyle picked up an offer from the Spartans in July, and he’s one of multiple top 2018 quarterback targets who will visit East Lansing within the next month. Landof10.com learned that Tadas Tatarunas will attend the Oct. 15 game against Northwestern.
Some other prospects announced plans to visit as well. Among them is 3-star 2018 cornerback Robert Daniel Jr. of Oak Park (Mich.), who holds offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio). 2018 offensive lineman Colin Sartor of Detroit Central will be there, too. He does not have any offers yet.
Lastly, 2018 quarterback Christian Perez of O’Fallon (Ill.) said he’ll visit for the game. His lone offer comes from Jackson State, but he has attracted significant Big Ten interest.
There is just over one week until Michigan State and other basketball programs competing for the services of 4-star forward Xavier Tillman will learn their fates.
Tillman officially visits Marquette this weekend, then will decide between the Golden Eagles, Spartans and Purdue on Friday, Sept. 30.
The announcement will be made around 12:15 p.m. EST during Tillman’s lunch break, his mother told Landof10.com. Be sure to “like” our Michigan State page on Facebook, where we plan to live stream the announcement.
High school games to watch
At 7 p.m. EST on Friday, Dearborn (Mich.) and 3-star Spartans tackle commit Mustafa Khaleefah face undefeated Romulus at home. Romulus features several prospects who have drawn Michigan State interest, including 2019 quarterback Dylan Zagula and 2018 athlete Tyler Carter.
About 30 minutes after that game kicks off, it’s a battle of undefeated Columbus-area teams in Ohio as Pickerington Central faces Upper Arlington. Central fields Michigan State commit Xavier Henderson and a pair of teammates in tight end Trenton Gillison and cornerback Jeremiah Wood, all of whom will visit East Lansing on Saturday.
And on Saturday, Cass Tech takes on East English Village Prep at noon in what should be one of the Technicians’ tougher games. If you want to see 5-star receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones or 4-star defensive backs Jaylen Kelly-Powell and DeAndre Square, be sure to check in to this one.
Just keep in mind that Michigan State kicks off at the same time. But you already knew that.
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