Signee Status: Jarnor Jones

Lithonia (GA) M.L. King standout Jarnor Jones is an extremely versatile athlete capable of playing multiple positions at NC State. What about multiple sports?

Lithonia (GA) M.L. King standout Jarnor Jones is an extremely versatile athlete capable of playing multiple positions at NC State.

A talented safety for King High School, Jones totaled 49 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown as a senior with his team going 12-2.

He also played a vital role on King's basketball team, lining up at guard for the Lions.

"We did really well in basketball," said Jones. "I'm going to try and play basketball for NC State... that's my hope. I've actually always been a fan of NC State for basketball so it was good watching them play this year."

Wolfpack defensive backs coach Mike Reed played a vital role in Jones inking with State over a late push from Kentucky.

"My relationship with coach Reed is very good," said Jones. "I talk with him a lot. It helps me feel more comfortable about my decision, knowing he will also coach me at defensive back.

"I know I'm going to be ready to play with him coaching me. When it came down to me making my final decision, coach Reed was a big factor for me."

Jones says that he is heading to NC State with the intention of impacting on the gridiron.

"I haven't thought about redshirting," he said. "I'm coming in with the mindset to play and we'll see what happens."

The bigger question might be, where will Jones play? At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Jones played safety for M.L. King and has been recruited to play defensive back in Raleigh, however a couple of safeties his size in recent years have grown into outside linebackers, specifically D.J. Green and Rodman Noel.

"They want me to get up there first," said Jones. "They'll see how I am when I get there, but the plan is to play defensive back."

Jones recently graduated from M.L. King and is academically qualified. Next up is enrolling at NC State, which he'll do later this month.

"Overall, things have been going great for me," he said. "We had our graduation on Saturday and now I'm just getting ready to head up to NC State. I go up there on June 21st. "It's bittersweet. My parents are happy that I'm going to college for free, and obviously so am I, but I lived with them at home for 17 years so it's going to be an adjustment for me and them. I'm excited about it... ready to see how everything is going to be up there."


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