Jones Knows Next Destination

Fuquay-Varina lineman Sam Jones committed to NC State in 2006, but he didn't sign a letter of intent with the Wolfpack on Signing Day.

Fuquay-Varina lineman Sam Jones committed to NC State in 2006, but he didn't sign a letter of intent with the Wolfpack on Signing Day.

Because his academics were not in great shape, Jones didn't sign and is essentially an uncommitted prospect. Originally he claimed offers from NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, and East Carolina, but he won't be playing for a Division I program this season. Instead, Jones will be attending Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.

"I went up to Hargrave for a little workout, and that's where I'm going," said Jones. "I actually talked with coach Prunty about it a little while back. He is a cool guy, and I like him a lot. He knows his stuff."

Jones is an interesting prospect. Just 17 years old, he is still developing physically and learning how to play football. Playing offensive line for Fuquay, he helped lead the Bengals to an 11-3 record after earning all-conference honors. At 6-foot-6 and 285-pounds, he has the frame to project as a defensive end, defensive tackle or offensive tackle on the next level. Does Jones have a preference?

"I'm thinking probably defensive end, but I think they could also use me at offensive tackle," he said. "I think that will all work out when I get up to Hargrave."

Despite making an early commitment to NC State, Jones stated the Wolfpack are not placing him at Hargrave and he is an uncommitted recruit. He hopes the added exposure and a chance to work on his academics will generate even more recruiting attention.

"I know a lot of these schools want to see me get my grades up," he said. "That is the most important thing, and then they will start showing interest. I'm just going to get some film together from playing up there and start sending it out.

"I'm not real sure how I feel about NC State right now. I'm out of the limelight right now, so I'm sure that after Hargrave colleges are going to start showing interest again."

One school is on his mind.

"I'm hoping to hear from Florida State," said Jones. "What I'm trying to major in they have it and NC State doesn't. Coach Amato is there now, and I really liked him. I feel like I know him real well, but I haven't heard from him yet. I'm hoping to hear from them."

SCOUTING REPORT: "The future for Sam Jones from Fuquay Varina (NC) High School is all about potential. At 6-5, 270 pounds and boasting 5.2-second speed in the 40, Jones has a ready-made college frame now and he moves extremely well for his size.

"He has all the tools to become a force at that position down the road."

"He shows good flexibility and his long arms make him a perfect match for a future at offensive tackle. However, at this early stage of his career, Jones is probably much more polished and appears more comfortable at defensive tackle. He will need work hammering down his technique at offensive tackle, but he has all the tools to become a force at that position down the road.

"Just 17, his body is still maturing, and he is year younger physically, and as a football player, when compared to his high school counterparts.

"All of the physical tools are there. Jones will simply need time and experience to evolve into the type of lineman he can be." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

COACH QUOTE: "I think Sam would project as an offensive tackle, but that's just my opinion and depends on how his body fills out. He's being recruited by all the schools as a lineman.

"Physically he's coming into his own, and I think he's maturing also mentally as he gets older.

"I think again, the fact is you get a guy like that and if you redshirt him, not that they would do that but it would make sense to me, in a couple of years you are going to have a man on your hands. There's no telling how big he is going to get." -- Fuquay-Varina head coach David Riggs

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