Va OT Has Been In Constant Contact

When you are in need of offensive lineman, it makes sense to make a lasting impression on the recruiting trail. That's exactly what head coach David Cutcliffe and company have done with three star offensive tackle Grant Jones over the last few weeks. The Lynchburg (Va.) Christian Academy standout spoke to TDD about the latest efforts.

"I've been able to visit Duke twice and Coach Cutcliffe called me the first day the coaches were allowed to," said Grant Jones. "I've also been able to talk to Coach Luke and Coach Collins at least once a week."

Jones first visited Duke during Spring Practice and then, three weeks ago, he made a second unofficial visit to Durham to get a more individualized tour of the campus and program.

"It was great. I loved the campus and the overall environment. Coach Collins took my family and I around and showed us everything. I loved how there are a lot of great places to study and relax. You can see why Duke is on the rise and on their way toward being great."

In addition to the Blue Devils, Jones is receiving interest and various offers from schools such as East Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, and Florida State. At this point he denies a leader and says he has yet to being the process of narrowing his list. With so many programs in pursuit, Jones says the Blue Devils are doing all they can to leave an impression.

"The coaching staff is very honest and I really like that. They don't lie to you. I know where I stand with them. I have spoken with Coach Cut many times and he is a great person and coach. It's easy to see why the program is turning around under him. They have told me that going to Duke would give me the chance to get that kind of degree and play a high level of football."

The 6-foot-5, 290 pound tackle says the three most important factors in his decision will be academics, his relationship with the coaching staff, and the overall level of play of the program.

He describes himself as follows:

"I have good footwork and finish my blocks. I am a great pass proctor, and I'm really working on keeping my pad level low at the point of attack."

Jones is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com


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