Five-Star DT to Visit UNC

Penn State verbal commitment Jarron Jones, a five-star defensive tackle, has a visit scheduled to North Carolina.

Jones's parents and older brother will join him on a trip to Chapel Hill over Memorial Day weekend.

"I want to see if I will fit into that area and that environment," Jones said. "This visit will tell me if I should take an official visit [to UNC] or not."

Jones, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound defensive tackle from Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute, is making the visit to UNC in spite of his verbal commitment to Penn State, which he made in mid-April.

"I just want to see if there might be somewhere else I could fit in," Jones said. "I'm not going to end my recruitment just because I've committed."

Verbal commitment notwithstanding, Jones, who has collected nearly 20 verbal scholarship offers, won't make a final decision on his collegiate destination until Signing Day.

"I'm just looking for wherever I fit in," Jones said. "I'm looking to see if I have a bond with the coaches and the players."

Distance, according to Jones, won't play a big role in his decision.

Following his trip to UNC, Jones will visit Michigan and Notre Dame in June, and Louisville in July. He also plans to take all five of his official visits after the football season.

Jones has previously visited Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Syracuse.

Jones' relationship with Allen Mogridge, who recruits New York for UNC, led him to schedule the visit to Chapel Hill.

"Coach Mo', he actually used to coach at Buffalo and he actually used to recruit my older brother," Jones said. "So my mom and dad do know him very well."

Jones' older brother, Matt, signed with Syracuse out of high school. However, he failed to qualify and prepped a season at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Prep. In 2009, he signed with Buffalo, where Mogridge was on staff, but never enrolled. Matt Jones eventually landed at Gannon University, a Division II school, where he's currently a junior defensive lineman.

Mogridge has been recruiting Jarron Jones since January.

"[Mogridge] is a really cool guy," Jones said. "I actually like him. I'm just looking forward to meeting all the other coaches.

"[Mogridage and I] just talk about getting me down to come see North Carolina and what it's like down there."

Jones, a two-year starter, helped Aquinas Institute to an undefeated season and a NYSPHSAA Championship. On the season, he recorded 68 tackles, ten sacks, 14 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, four pass deflections, and an interception. He also returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

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