Not long ago Jarnor Jones picked up an offer from NC State and the Wolfpack have really shaken up his recruitment.
In fact, Jones' recruitment was all but over just recently. After all, the Lithonia (Ga.) King athlete had been committed to Middle Tennessee, and he technically still is.
"You could say I'm still committed," Jones told Pack Pride this weekend. "I'm just not closing any doors. I'm keeping my options open and I'm keeping an open mind."
NC State is a big reason for that.
"I was excited when I found out (that NC State had offered)," Jones explained. "I know I have many more (offers) to come also.
"I really liked Coach (Mike) Reed from my conversation with him. I picked up a really good vibe when he called me. I honestly didn't know too much about NC State before I talked to him but now I know a little bit. I knew a little bit about NC State because I play basketball and had gotten some letters from them for that, but besides (the letters) I didn't know too much."
While only listed at 6-0 and 175, Jones told Pack Pride he's actually more like 6-4 and checked in at 189 the last time he was weighed. That fact may very well be part of the reason behind the recent surge in interest from several schools.
On the basketball court Jones thinks of himself as a big combo guard that can run the point as well as play the two. Last year as a junior he averaged about 13 points with a couple of rebounds and a couple of assists per games. In his words, nothing that blows you away, but consistent production nonetheless. He certainly has the athletic ability to play basketball in college, even if it's not with a basketball scholarship.
"I want to play both (sports) in college," Jones added. "So far every school that's recruiting me for football is recruiting me for basketball too. Football has opened up doors for me. In basketball I've heard from Vanderbilt, UAB, UTEP, Arkansas, Middle Tennessee and NC State has said I could walk on."
On the football field Jones has averaged more than five tackles per game this season and he has recorded a couple of pass breakups as well.
Over the weekend Jones was at Vanderbilt for their homecoming game against Army. Vanderbilt has looked surprisingly strong at times this season and their improved recruiting is even more impressive. The Commodores sure seem to have made an impression on Jones.
"I loved it," he said. "I love the environment and it fit me. I picked up a good vibe there. I'm not making a decision too early but it was very mellow. I met every single coach that was there. Seeing all the alumni there was nice."
Jones has also visited Georgia Tech, his "hometown school", as he refers to it. He said growing up Tech was one of his childhood favorites.
NC State will get their chance to impress Jones early next month.
"I'm supposed to be taking an official visit to NC State with Kenderious Whitehead on November 5," he added.
"I don't know what he thinks about NC State. For the most part me and him are trying to go to school together but his offers are his and mine are mine, so I don't know. I know NC State wasn't real high on his list at first but then they offered me. I don't know what he's thinking now."
While Jones says he's committed to the Blue Raiders, his current list of favorites indicates that's up in the air.
"Right now I would have to say it's between NC State and Middle Tennessee for the number one spot," he said. "Then two would be Vanderbilt, three would be Arkansas, and then Kentucky and Georgia Tech."
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