After an impressive junior season, Asheboro wide receiver Emmanuel Jones is seeing his recruitment take off.
“I love being a recruit,” said the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Jones. “Knowing I have a chance to go play on a college football team is the best thing that ever happened to me. N.C. State offered me first, then West Virginia, and ECU is the most recent. I’m enjoying the process”
The three schools Jones named above are an accurate representation of his current offers, but more schools are showing interest. He mentioned that he is hearing from Tennessee, Florida State, UNC Chapel Hill, Boston College, Notre Dame and Clemson as well.
East Carolina football coaches are on the recruiting trail stopping by schools and making in-home visits this week. Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff is being proactive with their 2016 class and new offers are going out left and right.
Jones is one of the players ECU stopped by to see and extend an offer to.
“Defensive coordinator Rick Smith came to the school to talk with my coaches,” said Jones. “I didn’t think he was going to offer, but my coach told me he wanted me to attend camp and junior day at ECU. At the end of the day I spoke with my coach again and he said ECU officially offered me.”
ECU is a school Jones isn’t that familiar with. He remember seeing them “beat up on Carolina” this year, but aside from that his knowledge of the program isn’t extensive. Jones described the program as having a great coach and being in the rebuilding process. He has a cousin who nearly attended ECU this year and he visited the school with her, so he has at least seen the campus before.
As far as official visits go, Jones plans on taking one to ECU next fall for a game. He plans on learning more about the program and the school because Jones thinks the Pirates could be in his recruitment this time next year.
This season Jones was impressive on the field. He caught 40 passes for 693 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games while also rushing for 128 yards and one touchdown. Jones mentioned the season didn’t end the way he wanted it to, but he battled against a lot of Division I prospects that should help his game in the future.
In preparation for his senior season Jones will focus his work on coming off of the ball quicker and breaking down on his routes. As far as camps and visits go, Jones plans to attend camp at the schools that have offered him.