"I have offers from UVA (Virginia), Virginia Tech, Indiana, UCLA, Alabama, Colorado and I got Mississippi State a few days ago," Jalon Jones said. "I got Alabama last Thursday and then I got Colorado and Mississippi State on Friday. It's been exciting so far."
The Richmond, Virginia native has two years of high school football remaining. While the rising junior was hopeful that some college offers would materialize early, the nearly 6-4, 200 pounder admits he is not surprised by his early scholarship haul.
"I have worked hard to get some offers, so I can't say I am really shocked that I have these offers," Jones said. "I've always known that if I worked hard that they would come. They are just coming a little earlier than I expected."
Jones has had the chance to speak with college coaches about a potential spot on each of their rosters. During those conversations, Jones has also been able to get some feedback from those same coaches who are looking to make him their team captain some day.
"Everybody tells me that they like my size and that I can the football," Jones said. "I have worked hard as both a runner and a passer and the coaches like that I can extend the play with my feet when things break down."
A true dual threat quarterback, Jones will likely have his pick of offensive systems. While not a prototypical pro-style signal caller, Jones believes he can execute whatever offense he needs to in order to help the team win. His ability to run the football on designed plays as well as ad libs make Jones a fun player to watch.
"I feel like I can play in just about any offense, but I feel like I probably fit a spread offense," Jones said. "I think an offense like Clemson ran with DeShaun Watson is the kind of system that I would play best in. I am open to anything right now though. I am just trying to find the right place for me on and off of the field."
As the talented quarterback begins to navigate through the recruiting process, Jones has the benefit of having an older sibling who can provide some advice and insight. Jones older sister, Jocelyn, is currently a women's basketball player who knows what it means to be recruited.
"She has been hurt before, so has been big on telling me to pick the school that I would go to even if I didn't play football," Jones said. "Football is going to be a big part of things, but I think she's right that I need to look at the whole picture and look at what each school has to offer even if I wasn't going to play."
While the future four star has some interest in the Tarheels, there is no early chatter about a Jones family package deal on Chapel Hill.
"I have been to North Carolina a lot of times," Jones said. "So far they haven't really been recruiting me that much. They haven't offered me yet, but you just never know what's going to happen in the future."