For Tyler Jones the highlight of NC State's big official visit event was the chance to bond with those he will be playing with in the years ahead.
The Stone Mountain (GA) offensive guard raved about the time spent
with his fellow commits as well as the opportunity to meet several
members of the current team.
"I enjoyed myself a lot. It was a real good time with everybody down
there. We got to meet the other recruit's parents and other
recruits. I spent a lot of time with Terronne (Prescod). Big
Terronne and the quarterback Jalan (McClendon). I hung out with
Justin Jones. I think we'll be pretty close when we get there.
"My host was the starting guard Alex Barr. I got to visit with the
left tackles and the guys on the team. They were real cool guys."
Mike Uremovich will be coaching up Jones, Prescod and the other
offensive linemen so he was with those recruits for a large portion
of the trip.
"We had a good little team meeting but other than that it was just
real family oriented. We're trying to win when we get up there. I
feel like our class coming in is going to have an immediate impact
and a lot of playing time. I know we're all excited.
"They told me if I come in and do what I'm supposed to do I should
be able to compete for a starting spot my first year."
Jones is already 6-4 and in the 270 pound range but he said he knows
that he needs to be around 290 in order to have a say in how the
depth chart shakes out for the offensive line.
"Just going to change my eating habits and lift weights," he said.
Jones is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 44 offensive guard
in the nation by Scout.com. He was selected to play in the
Florida-Georgia all-star contest as a senior.
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