Defensive end may be the most pressing need remaining on NC State's recruiting board and they took a major step in addressing that position on Monday when they landed a commitment from Austell (GA) South Cobb defensive end Justin Jones (6-2, 260 pounds).
With offers on the table from Duke, Miami, Louisville and Marshall among others, interest in Jones had taken off in the last couple of months. However, an offer from NC State and a recent visit to Raleigh with his mom and brother all but sealed the deal for the Wolfpack.
On Monday morning, Jones announced his commitment to NC State.
"Yes sir, I committed to NC State this morning," Jones told Pack Pride. "When I got down on the field, that really sold me. I was talking to coach Sutton and he was just telling me about the feeling during game day and then putting that jersey on. It was a great feeling. When I took my brother on the field, that sold me right there."
During his visit to State, Jones said the coaches explained to him that he had the potential to help the Wolfpack early.
"Coach Jackson was recruiting me. All the coaches there talked to me about coming to Raleigh and playing right away. Once I get there they think I can help right away."
The Wolfpack may not be done in the short term with commitments, especially if Jones has his way. He said that he's hoping to get a close friend to join him.
"I'm trying to get my boy Bradley Chubb to come with me and commit to NC State. He hasn't committed but he's thinking about it. I think he may decide this week."
Jones is rated a three star prospect and the No. 42 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.