6-5, 300 pounds
Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy
Accomplishments: An all-conference selection out of Fuquay-Varina High School.
The Recruiting Scene: Jones had a long journey before ending up at NC State. First there was a coaching change in Raleigh during his senior season in high school. However, Jones failed to qualify after high school and spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy.
He would commit to State while at Hargrave but still take a visit to Florida State before signing day and that had some Wolfpack fans nervous. Jones was expected to join the Pack for the 2008 season but fell short on one course which he made up during this past fall. East Carolina made a serious run at Jones but State shored up their standing with him in October.
Jones gives NC State another talented offensive tackle- a point of emphasis since the arrival of O'Brien. With a tremendous frame and long arms, Jones has above average athleticism and moves extremely well given his size. As he enters the Wolfpack's strength and conditioning program full-time, the sky is the limit for his development.
High School Scouting Report: "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." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
High School Film: OT #68 Sam Jones -
Post-Grad Film: OT #68 Sam Jones -
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