And naturally, with more exposure comes greater interest. The last time TSR checked in with the CB/WR prospect in mid-May, Jones was still waiting on his first offer. Since then, the Southeast Raleigh High standout boasts offers from Appalachian State and Duke and says an offer from Old Dominion, should be coming soon.
Jones' farthest trip of the summer came on June 23, when he made his second trip up to College Park for the Terps' summer prospect camp. Jones had also travelled up to the ACC campus in the early spring of his junior year.
Jones, who is being recruited as a defensive back by the Terps, was not only impressed with the camp, but particularly with a member of the staff. During his days at the camp, the prospect struck up conversation with first-year defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, whose professional experience impressed Jones.
The defensive back coach [Stewart] was actually the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys at one time and I had seen him on TV a few times, said Jones. That was really cool talking to him. He helped me see things from a professional perspective.
In terms of the Terps' pursuit of Jones, multiple conversations with recruiting coordinator Jon Dunn left the rising senior with one lasting instruction: keep your ears open.
Coach Dunn said they were gonna see how the rest of the camps went and then call me and talk about my recruitment, said Jones. He told me to just keep my phone open. They [Maryland] just got a commitment from a local DB but he told me I'd be next in line for the scholarship and I should keep my phone near me.
In terms of the area, Jones seems to like the atmosphere. Maryland has more of that city feel with people I could talk to and hang around with. And I like the campus, he said. And of course, the academics.