USAAAB: Jones Recruiting

SAN ANTONIO --- Practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is no different for Bunn (N.C.) High's Freeman Jones than any other practice for a placekicker.

He hangs out on the side with the punter and long snapper working on his technique and talking, then plies his trade for five minutes at the end of the East practice during the special teams period.

However, this week there is added importance in those side discussions for Jones, a North Carolina commitment. He is selling the Tar Heels to former Texas pledge and Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell punter Corbin Daly, who is being recruited by North Carolina.

"I roomed with him for that reason," Jones said." It's not just because we're the two kickers here, but because North Carolina is one of his top picks. I get myself and then I get (UNC commitments) Caleb Henderson, Elijah Hood and Bentley Spain to come in the room and we just all hang out. The more he likes us, the better chance we have at getting him."

The goal is to help the Tar Heels land Daly, but even if that doesn't happen the deepening relationships between Henderson, Hood, Spain and Jones could pay dividends down the line.

"It's awesome because we're going to be spending the next four or five years with these kids," Jones said. "So for us to build relationships now, and then when we go on official visits in a couple of weeks, it will be a better experience when we're all there together."

That official visit is set for Jan. 17, Jones said, and although he knows the campus and the program well, it's something he is looking forward to because it will allow him to see his future home on a different level.

"I want to see everything I haven't seen," Jones said. "I've seen a lot of the campus, but I want to see all the little pieces we've been missing out on that will make UNC that much greater for me."

As a senior, Jones made 8-of-14 field goal attempts, including a long of 49, and converted on 59-of-61 extra point attempts.

While the timing between long snapper, holder and kicker is vital, he is not concerned about it for Saturday's game because of the personnel involved.

"These guys are the best in the country, so the snaps are going to be great," Jones said. "Punters don't get credit for how good their hands can be, but Corbin has pretty good hands so it's really not hard. They're doing what they're supposed to so all I have to do is kick it."

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