Scout Ranking: **
Scout Rank: NR
Size: 6-4, 190 pounds
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
School: King High School
Projected Position At NC State: Safety
Accolades: named all-region...3-star prospect and No. 28 safety nationally by ESPN
Commit Date: November 24, 2011
Recruiting Scene: Jones was an early commitment to Middle Tennessee State after dedicating himself to football as a senior. Previously, Jones was better known as a basketball player. It didn't take long for NC State to pick up on the senior's talent and they brought him in on an official visit in November with teammate Kenderius Whitehead.
Jones loved his visit to Raleigh and committed after talking with his parents after the visit. Despite heavy pressure from Kentucky, West Virginia and others, he remained committed to NC State.
Why NC State? "I'm so happy right now. 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."
Picked NC State Over: Jones originally committed to Middle Tennessee and added late offers from West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Maryland, and Kentucky.
Scouting Report: "Jones is a lanky, rangy athlete with very good size and speed and is also a candidate to end up at outside linebacker in time. He's instinctive and is a natural play maker. He's at his best right now when cheated up near the line of scrimmage. Has nice range and shows good instincts in coverage. Shows great burst to the ball while in the air.
"Is fast enough to run with backs as well as tight ends down field, has adequate-to-good change-of-direction skills and flashes the ability to match up with bigger slot receivers. He has excellent feet and can accelerate if out of position. He is at his best in space vs. the run." -- ESPN