Jones Visits UNC

Chris Jones had a busy weekend, which included visiting former teammate and current Tar Heel Sean Tapley and attending North Carolina's 21-16 victory over Clemson.

"[UNC] is a great school as far as football [and] academic-wise," Jones said. "… North Carolina is definitely in my top five."

In addition to UNC, Jones, 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive tackle, is also considering Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Rutgers, and Texas Tech.

"I actually did my research on a lot of [those] schools," Jones said. "Some of the schools that have offered me, they have a 17-man rotation at my position. I don't want to not play or change positions because there are 17 people there."

Jones added that "you could say" UNC was his favorite, but recruiting is really an afterthought at this point.

"Right now, I'm just solely focused on winning the state championship and trying to stay undefeated," Jones said. "I'll figure out all that school stuff when the season is over with."

After helping Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines defeat Live Oak (Fla.) Suwannee, 49-14, Jones quickly went home, packed up and hit the road and headed north. He arrived at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, N.C. at 7 a.m. and took the SAT.

About an hour and a half before the kickoff of the UNC-Clemson game, Jones made it to campus, where he met most of the Tar Heels' coaching staff and toured the football facilities.

"It has a real good tradition for football," Jones said. "The facilities were beautiful."

Jones then watched UNC win its third consecutive game.

"The football game was great," Jones said. "They never gave up. They kept fighting and kept fighting. They showed a lot of fight, great coaches, great play calling, and they came up with the win."

Before and after the game, Jones spoke at length with Butch Davis, Troy Douglas, his area recruiter, and Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.

"They said that they saw my film and they said that I could fit in their program," Jones said. "And also, they told me I still have my full scholarship that they offered me back in the spring."

The rest of Jones' time in North Carolina was spent hanging out with Tapley.

"He's not my biological brother, but he's my brother," Jones said. "He showed me everything.

"The community is wonderful. Everybody gets along. They treat football players like kings."

Jones said he won't take any additional visits until after his senior football season concludes.

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