"Yes sir, I just committed to coach Tom O'Brien at NC State," said Jones. "It's the best college I've been to and I love it there.
"They said they want me to come in as an athlete, and they'll figure out where I will play once I get there."
Jones had a terrific senior season for Southern Vance as he starred at safety and wide receiver. Offensively he tallied 30 receptions for 457 yards and five touchdowns, and defensively he recorded 74 tackles (44 solos), 21 passes defended, and seven interceptions (two INT TD returns). He also returned punts for a 18.9 yard average with two more touchdowns.
"He's a playmaker," said Southern Vance head coach Mark Perry. "He did awfully well for us... he was excellent. We used him a lot more on defense, but he can truly play on either side of the ball.
"Hakim has a ton of potential and a great set of physical tools. First of all, he just turned 17 on December 10th so he is extremely young for his class. Last year around this time he was probably just under 6-foot and 160 pounds. Now he is 6'3, 190 pounds, and I think he is still growing because he just turned 17.
"His measurables are extremely good. He has been timed at 4.46 in the 40-yard dash and has a 41-inch vertical jump. Like I said, he has all the physical tools and when you watch his tape he jumps out at you."
Hakim's older brother, Ernest Jones, played linebacker for the Wolfpack from 2003-2007. Jones carries a 3.4 GPA and has scored 1300 on his SAT and is fully qualified.
Pack Pride will have more from Jones in the near future so stay tuned!