No Changing Jones

CHATHAM, VA -- Scan over the official roster handed to the media at Hargrave's Intrasquad Scrimmage and you will see Sam Jones still listed as uncommitted.

"We're going after another one of your teammates," a FSU assistant was overhead telling Leon Mackey. "Sam Jones, the big offensive lineman, we want him too."

According to Jones, his recruitment is over. He committed to NC State over the weekend while in Raleigh for an official visit, and the sheets were printed prior to the Hargrave staff knowing of his verbal.

With 200+ college coaches in attendance, that didn't stop Jones from showcasing what he could do at left guard.

"I wasn't really nervous," he stated. "I still went out and gave 100%, but I wasn't nervous at all because I've already committed."

After heading back to Hargrave from his official, Jones said he notified his prep school coaches that he had indeed committed to NC State.

"I told all the coaches at once," said Jones. "I did that just in case other coaches came and asked about me. Some guys commit and then decommit, but I told them because I'm a man of my word. That's where I want to go."

At 6-foot-6, Jones was generously listed at 275 pounds on the roster, but he admits to being closer to 300 pounds after being at Hargrave for five months. Playing left guard, he displayed improved technique and explosion at the point of attack. He used his hands well and showcased good movement when asked to pull on various running plays.

College coaches flocked to him as he walked from the Hargrave practice fields back to the barrocks, but Jones said he informed all of them that he had already made a decision.

"I just now finished talking with ECU about my commitment," he said. "I told them I had committed to State. They said they hated I did it, but they wished me good luck. [All the colleges] basically said the same."

During the scrimmage Jones had a chance to square off against future teammate Kyle Linney. He said that Linney was the first person he told of his decision when arriving back to Chatham.

"Man, I told him when I got back and he was saying that's what he was wanting to hear," said Jones. "He was trying to visit with me but something came up with his family and they couldn't get there so he's going to State next week."

With his Hargrave season behind him, Jones will now finish out the school year before heading to NC State next summer.

"I'm ready to get back down there. That's home for me."

Jones committed to NC State over offers from Florida State, Kent State, Akron, Marshall, UTEP, and East Carolina among others.

High School 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 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.

"Jones is just 16 years old, and he won't turn 17 until October, meaning he will play half his true freshman season as a 17-year old. 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 that the NC State coaches envision." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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