Evanston lineman Naquan Jones commits to Michigan State

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Four-star defensive lineman Naquan Jones announced his decision to attend Michigan State Monday afternoon.

Jones was the second top tier prospect to announce his pledge to the Spartans on Monday. He joins Lake Park defensive lineman Mike Panasiuk, who gave his oral commitment Monday morning.

Before Monday’s commitments, Hinsdale South defensive end Josh King, Fremd defensive back Kenney Lyke and Hinsdale Central offensive lineman Matt Allen were already on board with the Spartans, and doing work recruiting Jones.

“They are all basically recruiting me, you know, like the coaches,” Jones said.

On the field, the 6-3, 325-pound prospect respects his future teammates game.

“Well, Mike I haven’t seen to much of besides the Opening Camp,” said Jones. “From what I saw having that much talent on the defensive line opens up things for people. Like with Austen Robertson and Josh King coming off the edge. With Mike and I coming through the middle, that just opens up a lot. It should give better opportunities to make plays.”

The recruiting process was one that Jones enjoyed, but is glad to have coming to a conclusion.

“I just wanted to be fully committed to my senior season and my senior year so that is why I wanted to get this done,” Jones said. “It’s a special feeling. You only get recruited once and you only get to go through this process once.”

And of course, Jones is excited about Michigan State and becoming a piece of the Spartans defense.

“I mean, what excites me the most is that I have heard so much about Coach Mark Dantonio,” Jones said. “He’s a legendary coach, and Coach Ron Burton. With the class that is coming in I feel like that’s exciting.”

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