If you were at NC State’s game against Clemson and you saw the large batch of high school football players that were touring, talking to coaches and watching the game you might have noticed that some looked older than others.
Mike Jones (6-0, 200) was one of the younger players to visit and watch NC State play Clemson. He might not have been the youngest but he was one of the younger players there. He also knew more about the Wolfpack than most of the other recruits including some of the older ones.
His dad played at NC State before moving on to the NFL and that makes the Wolfpack a little different than all of the other schools that are recruiting him. The Pack had already offered Jones before he visited.
“That was probably in June. Either May or June of last year. They talked to my coaches. I had been talking to Coach White the safeties coach. I really like Coach White.”
It wasn’t a win but the game turned out to be a positive for Jones. He liked the way the fans got into the game and just as impressive to Jones was the way the football team showed up and played without fear.
“I loved the atmosphere and the game. The team played hard and fought against one of the best teams in the nation and they didn’t give up so that was big. I liked that.”
A lot of things at and around the stadium have changed since Jones' father of the same name played at NC State but he still knows his way around. Jones and his dad walked around the facilities before the game and the younger Jones said he was taken aback by what he saw.
"It was really nice for my first time being down there. I didn't know what to expect. I liked the weight room. The weight room was really nice. I liked the stadium. I really liked the stadium. It was really nice too. The statue of the wolves on the way to the facilities was sweet."
Jones has a lot of early offers to think about. Tennessee and Vanderbilt are both trying to keep Jones close to his home in Lebanon (TN) where he goes to Friendship Christian. Jones has been to games at Tennessee and Vanderbilt.