When it comes to the 2015 recruiting classes, no MAC class is as eclectic as NIU's is so far. The Huskies have 16 commitments from 10 different positions and nine different states. The class features a mix of size, speed, and potential All-MAC talent across the board. The Huskies' 16th commit, running back Marcus Jones is no different.
The Oak Park, Illinois resident committed to NIU Sunday evening per his Twitter. The 5-foot-10 185-pound back is the second running back to commit to NIU's 215 class, joining 3-star back D.J. Brown. But unlike Brown, Jones is a bit more of a traditional between the tackles running back.
He's still an impressive athlete, capable of lining up in the backfield and out wide. In 2013, at Brother Rice high school, Jones amassed 1,708 yards and 14 touchdowns. He's got a quick burst through the line of scrimmage, and can deliver some punishment on contact to defensive backs/linebackers.
Rated 2-stars by 247Sports (composite), Jones is a Top 60 prospect in his home state of Illinois, who chose the Huskies, currently his only confirmed FBS offer, over interest from in-state rival Illinois.
With the likes of Brown in the mix, NIU has landed two dynamic playmakers at running back for the 2015 class. Both Cameron Stingily and Akeem Daniels, the likely 1-2 guys at running back for NIU this upcoming season, are set to graduate following the 2014 season. While there are a handful of talented backs returning after that, both Brown and Jones give NIU, which has produced some of the MAC's best running backs in recent years, more playmakers for their spread offense.
They are both capable of being used in several ways, and have the potential to contribute on special teams early on. Jones has the size advantage, and a frame that could easily add a bit more bulk. He's also dangerous in the slot and with his excellent acceleration has the big play ability NIU's offensive weapons are known for.
NIU's class is shaping up to be one of its best in recent years.
Check out Jones' highlights, and unique skills via his reel, courtesy of Hudl: