2014 Target: Freeman Jones

BUNN, N.C. --- There's a very good chance that North Carolina will sign a kicker with the 2014 class. No. 1 on the Tar Heels' recruiting board is Freeman Jones, a 6-foot, 195-pounder from Bunn High School.

Scouting Report

"I think he has a really strong leg," Bunn head football coach Chris Miller said. "I think he's very accurate. More important than all of that, he works on his craft more than any other athlete that I have and that just shows in his progression. He's extremely hungry at being the best at his spot."

Prep Career

As a sophomore, Jones was a perfect 32-of-32 on extra point attempts and converted two of his five field goals with a long of 38.

His progression showed during his junior season. He converted 52-of-54 extra points (96-percent) and 8-of-10 field goals (80-percent) with a long of 47. He also helped Bunn's defense in the field position battle, booting over 83 percent of his 74 kickoffs for touchbacks.

Last season, Jones added punting to his duties out of necessity and also to add that dimension to his game. After a rough start, he rebounded to average 32.47 yards on 15 attempts.

"At the end, he was booming it 40-50 yards with pressure – not just in practice," Miller said.

Recruitment

Compared to other positions, recruiting is a completely different animal for a kicker.

"With a specialist, recruiting is a little bit different," Miller said. "It depends whether or not he fits their need. Some places it's very rare to offer a scholarship to a placekicker. A lot of them want them to come and walk-on and when the guy [already on roster] graduates, they'll scholarship him.

"That's been the trend, but I don't know if that's going to be the situation with Freeman, to be honest."

Several schools have already expressed early interest in Jones.

"Clemson has said that they just want to recruit me," Jones said. "North Carolina said they didn't offer a kicker last year because of me. Ohio State said they want me to come to camp. I'm sure Carolina wants me to come again [to their camp]."

Jones is also considering camp invites from Duke, NC State, and Virginia.

Before the summer hits, though, Jones will be attending junior days. He attended his first junior day in January when he visited UNC.

"It was really good," Jones said of the UNC Junior Day. "All the coaches were really cool. I really liked the special teams coach, Coach [Luke] Paschal and Coach [Randy] Jordan. And when I talked to Coach [Larry] Fedora, he seemed like he had a lot of energy."

Jones was invited to NC State's Junior Day this past Saturday, but was unable to make the trip. He's also been invited to Clemson's spring game and one of its junior days.

Extra Notes

Jones works out with former Tar Heel kicker Dan Orner at least once a month… Jones played golf for Bunn, but he decided to join the baseball team this spring.


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