In order to receive an offer from a Division I FBS school to play football, there are often three major requirements a recruit needs to meet. The first requirement is size. And, for those with underwhelming size, they often make up for it in one (or both) of the other areas. However, size is not a concern for recent Michigan commit Connor Jones. Jones, who is currently ranked as the 78th-best OL in the country by The Prototyp, is listed at 6-7 and 290 pounds. Following his junior season (2020), Jones committed to play in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines were one of eight Division I FBS programs to offer him a scholarship to play football.
The second requirement are statistics, and Jones certainly has those as well. It’s often easiest to compare stats among skill players since they're able to showcase their speed and ability through both film and measurements such as the 40 yard dash. Also, because they are the ones with the ball in their hands and score the touchdowns. However, those touchdowns are the result of well-executed offensive line play and Jones has several stats and accolades that jump off of the page as an offensive lineman.
This past season, Jones recorded a total of 32 pancake blocks and that was during a season that was shortened to just seven games due to the pandemic. Jones only allowed one sack throughout the season and was subsequently named First Team All-Region, First Team All-Conference, and First Team All-State.
Lastly, an area which cannot be measured on paper is a recruits work ethic and fit within the program's culture. Jones checked all of those boxes for Michigan considering he was voted as team captain as a junior (second time in school history) and continues to attend all workout sessions throughout the week, including spring installs on Saturday mornings. In addition to his work with the team, Jones also trains privately at Six Zero Academy with Coach Matt McChesney, where he focuses on technique, film, board work, position specific training, and lifting.
In addition to all of his hard work, Michigan also appreciated some of Jones’ work off of the football field. Jones holds a 3.34 GPA and has made the Honor Roll in each of his three years in high school. He also takes pride in giving back to his community, where he volunteered this Spring as an Assistant Offensive Line Coach for his younger brother’s football team.
The recruiting process has been very exciting for Jones over the past several years. Teams began to build relationships with him during his freshman year. By his sophomore year, several more schools began to follow him more closely and Jones received his first two Division I FBS offers. With two offers under his belt, his junior year really took off, despite the typical recruiting process being upended by the pandemic.
Jones received many phone and FaceTime calls from coaches throughout country and also attended virtual visits to compensate for in-person visits. Ultimately, Jones was looking for a school that felt like home, offered his desired degree of Sports Medicine, and could develop him into someone that could play in the NFL. Following several conversations and three self-guided tours, Jones knew that Michigan was the perfect choice for him.
Jones is excited for all of the hard work and opportunities that lies ahead for him. He feels as though that not only is Michigan the perfect fit for him, but that he is also the perfect fit for Michigan. His goal is to be a three year starter for the Maize and Blue and has committed to becoming 1% better everyday to reach said goals. Jones relishes the opportunity to soon continue in the footsteps of the many great offensive linemen that have played at the University of Michigan on his journey to the NFL.