The number of players from North Carolina boasting division one scholarship offers seems to grow daily. In what is emerging as one of the deepest in-state recruiting classes in years, another solid defensive line prospect emerged this past weekend at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, NC.
Antwan Jones from West Stokes High School in King, NC is a 6-4, 250 pound prospect that most colleges project at defensive end on the next level although the rising senior excelled on offense in 2005.
"I didn't play a lot of defense last year," said Jones. "They had me at running back. I had almost 900 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Most schools are recruiting me as a defensive end, though. They tell me they like my size." Jones finished off his junior year with all-conference and all-county honors.
At Ragsdale, Jones ran a 4.93-second 40-yard dash although Stokes head coach Ricky Upchurch told Pack Pride that his versatile big man has been timed regularly in the 4.6-second range.
Although still early in the 2006 recruiting year, Jones has received his fair share of attention with interest coming from Tennessee, Colorado, NC State, UNC, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Clemson, Auburn and Illinois. He talked about his first offer and visit plans for the summer.
"Wake Forest has already offered me but we're supposed to be going to check out some other schools pretty soon so hopefully something good will come out of those," he said. "I've already been to Wake Forest and UNC and I'm going to visit Tennessee and NC State this summer.
Jones indicated that he has yet to narrow down the list of schools he's considering but he does have a group of colleges that he's keeping a close eye on.
"I don't have a top five but some of the main ones I'm looking at are Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest and UNC," he said.
Jones talked briefly about what he likes with the three in-state schools.
UNC: "I just like the atmosphere. It's like a home environment up there."
Wake Forest: "I really like Wake Forest's atmosphere and I had a chance to go up there and visit and from what I saw, I liked it."
NC State: "I just like the environment up there. I'm planning to go and see them this summer."
Jones said he has not established a time table for a college decision.