Class of 2015 target

Reuben Jones

PositionDE
Height6/3
Weight223
HometownLakeland, FL
High schoolLake Gibson


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Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson defensive end Reuben Jones committed to the Huskers on Nov. 15, but after Mike Riley replaced Bo Pelini as Nebraska coach, Jones decommitted on Jan. 22.

It wasn't much of a surprise. Jones' commitment had been wavering, especially with new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh pursuing the prospect.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 223-pound prospect, was the fourth defensive line commit in Nebraska's 2015 class, joining Omaha Central standout DaiShon Neal and twins Carlos and Khalil Davis of Blue Springs, Mo.

Jones would have been Nebraska's only commit from Florida in the class. Nebraska signed three commits out of the Sunshine State in 2014.

He's rated as a three-star prospect by the four major recruiting sites, but he has drawn offers from plenty of big-name schools. With Michigan pursuing hard — and Louisville also in the mix — Jones won't end up with the Huskers. According to 247Sports, Jones holds more than 30 scholarship offers, including eight from Big Ten schools. Other key offers came from West Virginia, Missouri, Ole Miss, Miami and Central Florida.

Jones, who visited Nebraska for the Sept. 20 Miami game, was primarily recruited by former NU defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski and former defensive coordinator John Papuchis. When Riley brought in his new staff, defensive coordinator Mark Banker and defensive line coach Hank Hughes visited Jones once the dead period ended.

ESPN's Recruiting Nation's subscribers-only profile describes Jones as a prospect who "raises havoc in the opponent's backfield" with the "height, strength and playing speed/range for the defensive end position at the power conference level of play." ESPN adds that Jones plays well against the run, is dominant against the pass and "is a no quit defensive end."

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