Jones Knows Where He's Going to Go

Jave Jones made his first visit to North Carolina last month when he attended one of the Tar Heels' one-day camps. The 2015 running back couldn't have come away more impressed.

"That's probably where I'm going to go," Jones said. "I'd say they're my leader. I like the coaches and the way they coach. [The camp] was fun and I like their campus."

During the Spring Evaluation Period, UNC became the first – and up until this point only – school to offer Jones a scholarship. At the time, the 5-foot-7, 182-pounder from Asheville (N.C.) Reynolds had yet to meet the Tar Heels' coaching staff or visit its campus.

At the UNC camp, Jones not only met the staff, but worked out under the guidance of its running backs coach, Randy Jordan.

"I liked him – he's cool," Jones said. "He's a good coach. He worked with me on my jump cut."

Following camp, Jones was given a tour of UNC's football facilities by Walt Bell, his primary recruiter.

"I saw their football hall of fame and I saw Johnny White up there – he played at our rival [high school]," Jones said. "I also saw their weight room."

Current Tar Heel and Reynolds alum Caleb Pressley, as well as Shane Laws, Reynolds' head coach who drove Jones to Chapel Hill, accompanied Jones on the tour. At the tour's conclusion, Bell separated from the group as they headed for Franklin Street.

"We walked around and ate at a Chapel Hill restaurant," Jones said. "[Pressley] said he really liked UNC. He was telling me funny stuff, but I can't even remember what he was saying."

Despite his strong feelings towards UNC, Jones is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment. He does, though, plan to return to Chapel Hill for its home opener on Sept. 7 against Middle Tennessee State.

"I just want to see the game day atmosphere," Jones said.

Jones also camped at Clemson and Tennessee this summer. He believes he's finished with recruiting trips until the football season. His focus now is preparing for his junior campaign at Reynolds.

As a sophomore, Jones was converted to running back where he immediately earned a starting role. He finished that season with 1,541 yards and 25 touchdowns on 257 carries, and 23 receptions for 261 yards and two scores. For his accomplishments, he was named Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina and All-Mountain Athletic Conference.

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