Jones Switches To Pack

Lithonia (GA) King athlete Jarnor Jones knew the time was right to finalize his college decision and he did just that on Thanksgiving, switching his commitment from Middle Tennessee to NC State.

Lithonia (GA) King athlete Jarnor Jones knew the time was right to finalize his college decision and he did just that on Thanksgiving, switching his commitment from Middle Tennessee to NC State.

"I'm so happy right now," said Jones. "I really wanted to commit while I was up there on my visit, but I kind of still felt I had to be loyal to Middle Tennessee. But, I knew in my heart I wanted to go to NC State so I let the coaches know today.

"I really wanted to lock in my spot and not miss on that opportunity. That visit was great... it felt like home when I was there. I love the program, the players, the new recruits coming in, that's where I want to be."

Jones said the Wolfpack's recruiting class played a major role in his decision.

"I think they are building something special," he stated. "We've got guys like Marchez Coates and Quincy McKinney, and maybe Kenderious [Whitehead]... with this class I think we can compete for a ACC championship, I really do."

Jones had been committed to Middle Tennessee State, but said he recently added offers from programs such as West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Maryland, and Kentucky.

"Really it was basically NC State and West Virginia though," he added. "I'm supposed to go to West Virginia on the 9th, but I feel like that will be a little too far for me. I feel loyal and dedicated to NC State. I loved it there."

Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 191 pounds, Jones plays all over the field for King High School. However, he believes he will end up in the defensive backfield for he Wolfpack.

"I play some outside linebacker and safety for my school, but I'm an athlete," he said. "Coach Reed says I'm an athlete, but he thinks I can be a big safety for them, probably a free safety. I'm pretty sure they want me to play defensive back... they've already got some big defensive backs like me so I think I can do it."

Jones maintains that he is solid to NC State and will also be playing basketball for the Wolfpack. He was being recruited by several schools to play hoops in college as well as football.

"The plan is for me to be a dual-sport athlete," he said. "I didn't get to talk to the basketball coaches while I was on my visit, but coach Reed has and he said it was all good to go.

"It's all a big relief for me. This whole recruitment I was looking for a place that felt like home and I got that feeling while on my visit at NC State."


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