Signing Day Capsule: Teric Jones
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Posted Feb 4, 2009

Detroit Cass Tech's Teric Jones ... his Recruitment Story, and GoBlueWolverine Commentary.

Teric Jones
Running Back 5-10/194/4.37
Cass Technical HS (Detroit, Michigan)
NR: *** - Position Rank: 44 Player Video
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His Recruiting Story

Teric Jones hails from Detroit Cass Tech, a school the Wolverines have looked to for talent in recent year, but it still took a lot of perseverance and hard work for him to be noticed.

As a sophomore, Jones scored 16 touchdowns in half a season on J.V. before being moved up to varsity. GBW had a chance to see him that summer at the ThinkDetroitPAL combine at Wayne State, where he registered a 4.39 in the forty yard dash. He also impressed us in summer 7-7s with his speed and receiving ability. However, once the season started, he spent time behind Indiana commit Cortez Smith. He split carries, but still rushed for over 800 yards, including two 100-yard performances against rivals Detroit Southeastern and Renaissance. He also was one of the team’s leading tacklers on defense.

That winter, determined to make a name for himself, Jones worked day and night to prepare for the U.S. Army All-American Combine. His hard work paid off as he ran a 4.37 in the forty yard dash, the fastest at the event.

That summer, the Wolverines offered Jones and he committed on the spot. "I talked to Coach Rodriguez," he said, "I went into his office, they offered me and I committed right there. I was up there with my parents and Will (Campbell) was there with me too, he was pretty happy about it.”

With that commitment, many doubters wondered if Jones could carry the load for the Technicians as a senior and live up to the hype of being an FBS commitment. He answered all those questions and then some as he made All-State special mention and 1st Team All-Detroit after rushing for 1,663 yards and 17 touchdowns.

His strong season was one of the thing he discussed with his future coaches when they visited him in-school and in-home this week. “They said I did real good and I told them I wanted to come out this year and make a statement. They said I already had made a statement, that’s why they offered me and they are excited for me to get up there.”

GoBlueWolverine Commentary

Jones is a great fit for the Michigan offense. He could play running back or slot, as he has good open field ability and hands in the passing game. He showed he could be a feature back as a senior though, as he carried the load and showed some power and tough running as well. He has a compact frame with a solid build and in this class, he could really be a surprise. His speed and elusiveness should also make him a candidate for return duties early on.

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