Jones: 'This is Home'

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy offensive lineman Sam Jones already knew he was going to verbal to NC State.

"I had known for a while that I was going to commit back to State," Sam Jones told Pack Pride. "My mind was already made up that I was going to do it on this visit. I was sitting there [Saturday] night and I look over coach O'Brien was standing by himself.

"I went over to him and said I wanted to be a part of his team. This is home, and I want to get better as a player. I have faith in the coaches at State, and I want to be a part of a championship team."

Jones felt that the Wolfpack head coach was happy to hear that he would be joining his team.

"He started smiling real big and laughing," said Jones. "He told me that he was glad I was coming aboard and we shook hands. He said he couldn't wait to get me down there on campus. Man, I'm already wanting to get back down there."

This weekend he officially visited NC State with in-state products Dwayne Maddox and Nick Becton. Maddox has already verbaled to NC State and Becton is a major priority for the Wolfpack.

"They were great guys," said Jones. "It was funny because Nick used to play basketball with some guys I know and we talked about that. We were back in the dorm rooms and he was taking it to everybody in PS3.

"Dwayne is already committed. He was asking questions about if I was going to commit and stuff like that... he's real cool. Talking to Nick, he said he was still looking around but to me it looked like he had a lot of fun at State."

Hosting Jones was freshman offensive tackle Jake Vermiglio. "Vermiglio was my host," said Jones. "He was awesome. I hung out with him a lot and some of the other guys on the team like George [Bryan]. I'm real happy we're going to be teammates."

A four-star prospect according to, Jones is playing offensive guard for Hargrave. Where will he play at NC State?

"I know they want me on the offensive line," he said. "The coaches said they want me at tackle or guard. They said I could maybe play both. I guess it just depends on how it works out when I get there."

Jones is already back at Hargrave preparing for their annual combine which will be flooded with college coaches. At 6-foot-6 and nearly 300 pounds, expect the coaches to track his every move. However, he states that his recruitment is done after verbaling to the NC State coaches this weekend.

"I'm done," said Jones. "I'm not taking anymore visits. I'm happy to be back with NC State. The trip was great... I'm a man of my word.

"It's going to be awesome just working with that entire staff. You get that feeling they know what they are doing. They've put a lot of guys in the pros, and lord willing I could be one of them too. I know they'll treat me right and develop me into a good player and a winner."

Jones, who played his high school football at Fuquay-Varina (NC) High, originally committed to NC State last year but had to attend Hargrave after failing to qualify. The new setting has been beneficial as he is currently on pace to qualify following graduation from Hargrave.

"Everything is going good with me academically," said Jones. "Ever since I've been at Hargrave we have had two report cards come out and I made the Dean's List on both of them.

"I shouldn't have to take the SAT again. I'v e already taken it and the score matches my GPA with what I need so now I just need to keep making the same grades and graduate. Then I'll be able to go to State."

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