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Football: Shayne Jones commits

According to's Brian Dohn, Shayne Jones of Imaculata High School in New Jersey has committed to play football at Villanova. The two-star defensive back from Somerville also had offers from Albany, Bryant and FBS schools, Central Michigan and Buffalo. ESPN projects him as a safety in college, but might be able to play cornerback at Villanova. He can also return kicks and punts.

The versatile player measures in at 6-0 and 179 pounds. He has good anticipation and ball-tracking skills, and is known to anticipate routes well. He has good lateral quickness and is able to cover the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

Rivals, Scout and ESPN's recruiting databases all rank Jones at 2-stars.


Jones is the 15th known recruit for the 2012 Villanova football class, who will make things official and sign a national letter of intent on Wednesday. The other known members of the class are:

  1. Jake Prus (OL, Woodstown HS)
  2. Nico D’Angelo (OL, Holy Spirit – 2 stars)
  3. Austin Calitro (ILB, Danbury – 3 stars)
  4. Javon White (RB, Souderton HS)
  5. Aaron Wells (RB, River Hill HS - 2 stars)
  6. Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE, Wissahickon HS)
  7. Michael Burke IV (WR, Columbia HS– 3 stars)
  8. Corey Majors (LB, Worcester – 3 stars)
  9. Jonathan Green (OL, North Schuylkill - 2 stars)
  10. Bradley Seaton (OT, Brunswick, CT)
  11. Cameron McCurry (LB, Fleming Island, FL - 2 stars)
  12. T.J. White (LB, West Chester Henderson, PA – 2 stars)
  13. Gary Underwood (RB, Winton Woods, OH)
  14. C.J. Logan (QB, Northfield Mount Hermon, MA)

Elsewhere on signing day...

Villanova is also interested in adding quarterback Chris Papadopoulos from Thomas S. Wooton High School in Maryland as a preferred walk-on.

Meanwhile, Stacey Bedell, who had previously committed to Villanova before de-committing in favor of James Madison in September, has now walked away from his commitment to JMU as well. Former Villanova defensive-line coach, Dave Sollazzo, who had initially recruited Bedell for the Wildcats, stepped back into the picture to offer the speedy running back a scholarship to his new employer — UMass. Bedell also claims that he had an offer from Boston College.

Another former Villanova commit, Mark Clements, visited the University of Maine over the weekend and was offered a scholarship by their coaching staff. The ball-hawking cornerback from South Jersey seems set to attend a CAA school in the fall, but hasn't made his decision official yet. He will not be attending Villanova, however.