Pack in the Mix For Georgia Lineman

NC State hosted Mississippi State commit OL Tyler Jones this past weekend. He talks with Pack Pride about the trip.

Tyler Jones is already committed to Mississippi State but it looks like he has another tough decision to make.

When the Stephenson High School offensive lineman from Stone Mountain (GA) committed to Mississippi State he probably thought he had made the toughest decision he had to make. He had a long offer list and chose the Bulldogs instead so that was a difficult choice.

But recruiting rarely stops until national signing day and with NC State's need along the offensive line, Jones has emerged as a major target for the Wolfpack coaching staff.

This weekend he took a visit to Raleigh and the trip gave him a lot to think about.

"It was everything I expected it to be and hoped it would be. I really liked it a lot. It was a great family atmosphere. Everybody was close. I met all the coaches and I met some of the coaches kids. The academic system is great and fits me. I'm a city boy so it's in the city and that actually helps them a lot," he said.

Jones decided to visit NC State because the coaching staff had contacted him at the start of the recruiting process and had never let up. They were persistent even after he committed to the Bulldogs and have stayed in contact with him as often as anyone else.

"They were high on my list anyways. They contacted me last month and we've been talking more since then. When they invited me to come out to a game I just decided to."

He's not prepared to discuss how solid he is with Mississippi State right now and that could be a good sign for the Pack.

"I don't really want to speak on that right now," was his response.

But that's not all he said after all. Jones said he has narrowed his focus to Mississippi State and NC State. And he knows that he will be expected to make a final choice; either stick with Mississippi State, definitively shutting the door on NC State and others, or decide to change his mind.

"I'll probably do that in the next week or two. I'm trying to get this done so I can focus on my school."

Jones is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 42 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.

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