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October 31, 2012

Da'Mario Jones is No. 23 for Michigan

Although he committed to Central Michigan in the summer, Westland (Mich.) John Glenn wide receiver Da'Mario Jones did so with the intention of keeping his recruiting process open. He visited Michigan several times in the first half of the Wolverines' 2012 season, and was open in his interest.

Fast forward just a few weeks, and Jones is pledged to be one of the players wearing the winged helmet in the future. As soon as he received a Michigan offer, it was an easy decision to make.

"I got the call from Coach Hoke and Coach Borges, and they asked me if I was willing to be a Wolverine," Jones said. "It was no shadow of a doubt in my mind that it was the right place for me to be. So I made a commitment without any sort of hesitation.

"Basically that's how it went down. Actually I was writing a research paper for a Civil War project, and they called me, so I picked up the phone. They asked me a few questions and they asked me if I was interested... Yeah, I was. That wasn't hard to answer that question."

The 6-2, 185-pound Jones has not yet been evaluated by Rivals.com, thanks in part to a high school offense that didn't always allow him to be the playmaker he naturally is. On both sides of the ball for the Rockets, he filled whatever need was necessary. As often as not, that meant blocking out on the edge. That doesn't mean he's inexperienced in the pass game, however.

"I consider myself as a versatile player," he said. "I think that whenever I need to get open, I can be elusive at some points, or I can just use flat-out speed or I can just run you over. There's a lot of aspects to my game that I can contribute to Michigan that I feel might help. I don't just consider myself as one specific type of player. If I need to do a certain thing to get the play done, then I have to do whatever it takes to get it done."

Jones comes to Ann Arbor as a receiver, but that doesn't necessarily mean U-M is done recruiting at the position in the 2013 class. Four-star Laquon Treadwell, the top wideout in the nation out of the Chicago area, is still on the table.

For Jones, however, it's a weight off his shoulders to have the college commitment settled once and for all.

"It was sort of a relief, and the point that I'm done with the recruiting process," he said. "It's kind of like a stress and a strain. Now that I know where I want to go, I'm going to be getting ready for that next level. I'll be Getting my game ready so I can have a good chance to compete for a starting job."

The Rockets don't keep individual stats for players - preferring to focus on team goals - but Jones' testing numbers are very good. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and the 100-meter dash in 10.8.

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