After landing just one true offensive lineman in the 2018 class, it was no secret that the Michigan coaching staff was going to heavily target offensive lineman in the 2019 class, offensive tackle especially. And they’re already off to a great start as the staff started with the addition of a top100 interior lineman and has now added a four star tackle to the equation as 2019 Grayson (GA) OT Trente Jones has committed to Michigan.
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Jones is the type of recruit that you’re better off watching his highlights first and looking at his rankings later. He’s a big, physical tackle that played the majority of his snaps on the right side of the line. He shows good bend and athleticism throughout his junior tape, excelling most on run blocking as he just physically dominates a lot of defensive ends. And though that’s normally not too big of a shocker for a 6’5” 290lb high schooler, Jones and Grayson HS play against some of the best programs in one of the most talented states in the country on a weekly basis. He’s still has plenty to work on as he’s pretty raw as a prospect, like most lineman, but he also has all of the physical features and tenacity to develop into a good lineman in college.
Michigan is in good shape with a lot of offensive lineman in this class but a name that wasn’t really on the radar prior to the 2018 NSD was Jones. He only received his offer from the staff in mid-January but thanks to Al Washington’s strong pursuit and the program’s growing footprint in the Peach State, the Wolverines became a real factor. It didn’t take him long to set up a visit, as he made his way up to Ann Arbor in mid-February.
Jones took in the basketball team’s big win over Ohio State but that wasn’t the part of the trip that stood out most to the four star tackle. According to his interviews after the trip, it was the family-like atmosphere and the chance to play early is what made the difference. And it clearly made a huge difference as Jones announced his commitment to Michigan just days after the trip.
Early commitments from wanted recruits in SEC territory is always an adventure. As Jones continues to rise up the rankings, he’ll likely become even more wanted by the nation’s elite before signing day. Michigan will have its hands full until the final whistle.
- Height: 6’5”
- Weight: 290lbs
- Hometown (School): Loganville, GA (Grayson)
- Notable Offers: Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee
- Rankings: Rivals (3*, #38 OT) – 247Sports (3*, #373 overall) – ESPN (4*, #203 overall)
- Composite Ranking: Four star, #333 Overall, #36 OT, #36 in Georgia
As for the Rest of the Class
Jones is the 5th overall commitment, the 2nd offensive lineman and the 3rd commitment out of Georgia. Like mentioned above, offensive line is a priority in this class, especially the tackle position. Michigan’s in good shape early on with OT William Harrod, OT Spencer Brown, OT Xavier Truss, OT Trevor Keegan, OG Harry Miller, OG Zeke Correll, and OG Karsen Barnhart, while the staff continues to push for elite in-staters, OG Devontae Dobbs and OT Logan Brown.