Clemson Football Freshman Analysis: Mike Jones Jr.

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 2: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greets fans as he leads his team on the Tiger Walk before their game against the Kent State Golden Flashes on September 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)
CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 2: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greets fans as he leads his team on the Tiger Walk before their game against the Kent State Golden Flashes on September 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The 2018 Clemson football recruiting class is one of the best in school history. Here is an analysis of Tiger freshman Mike Jones Jr.

The 2018 Clemson football recruiting class is one of the best, star-ratings wise, in school history.

The Tigers signed many talented players at positions across the board in a class that is chocked full of potential.

One of those big-name signees is 4-star linebacker Mike Jones Jr.

Jones Jr., a graduate of IMG Academy, came in with 5-star defensive end Xavier Thomas as an early enrollee.

Here’s a look at his profile, film analysis, and chance for impact on the 2018 season.

Clemson Football Player Profile:

Name: Mike Jones Jr.

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-0

Weight: 228

Home Town: Lebanon, Tennessee

Star Rating: 4-star

Film:

Film Analysis:

One of the first things that you notice about Mike Jones Jr. is the fact that he is a natural and vocal leader. He’s one of those guys that, in a couple years, will be one of the leaders of the defense.

That’s a very good trait to have in a linebacker.

As far as skills go, I think Jones Jr. is one of the best linebackers to sign with Clemson football in quite some time. He has great closing speed and is good in coverage. He also recognizes defenses well.

Next: Freshman Analysis: KJ Henry

2018 Impact:

Typically, freshman linebackers don’t make immediate impacts with Clemson football.

Normally it takes a little bit of time for them to be worked in. I think, though, there may be a small exception for Jones Jr.

I don’t think he will be a starter in 2018, but he will see significant time on special teams and I think he could make a splash at the SAM position as the Tigers look for a replacement for Dorian O’Daniel.