NC State's football camp has been important to the Wolfpack coaching staff in identifying talent. Players like S Earl Wolff and ATH Maurice Morgan are just a couple examples of players that came out of nowhere to land an offer from the Pack after an impressive camp showing.
That also happened to be the case with Apex (NC) Middle Creek WR Kevin Jones. He posted an impressive 40-yard dash time in front of the State coaches and then followed that effort by displaying some solid pass catching skills during the one on one portion of camp.
When all was said and done he left Raleigh with his first scholarship offer.
In addition to his exploits at NC State, Jones also put together a fine junior season. The 5-11, 175 pounder hauled in better than 60 pass receptions for 950 yards and 16 touchdowns and established himself as one of the area's top receiving threats. That has helped him attract attention from a bevy of schools. Jones talked with Pack Pride recently about the colleges showing him heavy attention in the early stages of the recruiting year.
"I'm hearing from Boston College, Virginia Tech, NC State, UNC, Florida and Oregon," said Jones. "It makes me feel good to know I'm getting all this interest from different schools. It's very exciting.
"So far NC State is my only offer. After I ran a 4.4 (40-yard dash) at their camp, I got introduced to the offensive coordinator (Dana Bible). We then did one on ones and coach O'Brien just shook my hand and let me know that I could expect an offer after that. We went to his office and were talking. They are recruiting me as a wide receiver."
Despite all of the interest, NC State remains his lone offer thus far. There are reports that Jones may attend Hargrave next fall to shore up his academics. He said he also plans to improve as a player.
"I had a couple of bad games where I dropped some passes so I need to continue to work on my pass catching and vision."
To date, Jones says State has been recruiting him the hardest. He added that he wouldn't mind making a commit early in the process versus dragging it out for an entire year. For now, he has three schools at the top of his favorite's list.
"I would say my top three schools right now are NC State, Oregon and Florida."
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