Fla. DT Looking to Visit UNC

Although he's put his recruitment on hold until after his senior football season, Chris Jones is considering attending a North Carolina football game this fall.

"I'd like to come up for a game and see an ex-teammate [Sean Tapley]," Jones said. "I'll probably make an official visit right after the season, though."

Jones, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound jumbo athlete from Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines, hasn't attended any games this season. Furthermore, outside of UNC, he doesn't know of any other in-season visits.

Over 25 schools have offered Jones a scholarship, including Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, UNC, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, and Texas Tech.

Jones says he isn't favoring any schools and won't even think about official visits until after the football season.

"I haven't really been focused on what school I want to go to, because you know I'm still in the season," Jones said. "I'm not really going to worry about that until after my senior year of high school football is over with. Right now, I'm focused on winning the state championship."

Raines is undefeated thus far this season.

Jones is being recruited as both a defensive tackle and offensive lineman. He starts at both positions for Raines.

"[Coaches] tell me wherever I want to play [I can play]," Jones said. "They say I'm a hell of an athlete. They've seen my film and they like me on both sides of the ball.

"Wherever a team needs me at I'll play. But my heart is on that defensive line."

UNC is primarily recruiting Jones as a defensive tackle.

"The offensive line and Coach [John Blake], they were arguing over me," Jones said.

Jones' correspondence with UNC used to be with Blake, who recently resigned. Blake's departure won't affect Jones' feelings towards UNC, he said.

"I think it's a good school," Jones said. "I'm happy to have an offer from them."

Jones, who just changed his cell phone, recently obtained UNC assistant coach Troy Douglas's number. However, Jones hasn't yet attempted to contact Douglas, who recruits the Jacksonville area for UNC.

"I had Butch Davis's number in my other phone, but I lost it – that's who I need to call," Jones said. "I have Coach D's [Douglas] number. I'm going to call."

Jones does, though, speak three to four times a week with former teammate Sean Tapley, who's a freshman receiver at UNC.

"He's been telling me how great the school is and how good the coaches are up there and how much there's a football tradition up there," Jones said.

Having a former teammate in Tapley already on the roster improves UNC's chances with Jones "a lot," he said.

"[Tapley and I] are real close," Jones said. "We grew up in the same defense."

Jones has started on Raines's defense since his freshman year. Tapley started alongside him the past three seasons at cornerback.

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