The recruiting process has been going on for quite some time, but it appears as though things are still moving rapidly for Wilmington (DE) Alexis I. Dupont cornerback C.J. Jones.
The three-star cornerback from Delaware could play on either side of the ball and, apparently, colleges love his versatility.
"Right now a lot of the Division I-AA (FCS) schools recruiting me like me more for the offensive side, going in as an athlete," he explained. "For them I would be a quarterback or a receiver in something like the Wildcat or a spread offense as a QB.
"Division I-A (FBS) schools like me more on the defensive side. This year when I went out to combines I played more of a defensive role. They saw I can play on that side because of my size and stature. They just wanted to label me as an athlete than can fill different roles. I know they look for athletes, not just guys at a particular position. They want as many athletes as they can find."
Jones is listed at 5-11 and 175 pounds, so he has adequate size for a cornerback.
As of today he is holding onto offers from NC State, Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, Boston College, Rutgers, Temple and Delaware.
"I haven't been on any visits yet so far," he said. "I'm gonna hit up the schools this summer. One of my goals this summer is to go on a lot of unofficial visits to get a feel for the schools academically. I want to see the social life and athletics also. A big part of it for me is going in to see the schools for myself. Other than that I've just been working out and that's about it so far."
Whiles Jones would like to stay close to home, apparently that's not a bad sign for NC State. "Close to home" seems to have a broad definition.
"Right now the factors that are key for me are more just how I feel about the college as a whole. I'm not really worried about location. It would be good to stay close to home, but when you want to play at that level location really doesn't matter. I'd say the whole east coast region is fine. It doesn't matter if it's south or northern. Just on the east coast would be good."
What is his relationship with NC State like?
"I've talked to them a little bit. I talk to coach (Mike) Reed a little bit. I know he's gonna be keeping in touch with me this summer. I'm supposed to be going down there, if not this summer then to watch one of my friends play. He plays for South Carolina and they're playing NC State. I'm traveling to go see them.
"I like State so far. I like what they have to offer as a program as a whole, and academically. A lot of scouts and people have them ranked high in the ACC this year."
Jones is ranked the No. 58 corner in the nation by Scout.com.