2016 Target: Emmanuel Jones

ASHEBORO, N.C. --- Although North Carolina isn’t among the schools to have offered Emmanuel Jones, the Tar Heels’ coaching staff has shown strong interest in the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Asheboro High, including inviting him to a recent junior day.

Scouting Report

“He’s a very explosive, physical player,” Asheboro head coach Owen George said. “You look at him, you don’t see a 200-pound receiver – he’s only about 180. But you see a kid that’s not afraid to break tackles and get dirty… He’ll go out there and block for his guys, because he knows they’ll reciprocate for him.

“But, he’s a game breaker. He’s a basketball player and when I tell people that, we’re going to throw the ball up to him. If it’s third-and-goal from the five, we’re going to throw him a nice fade route and see if he can go over top of a guy because he understands rounding and he understands position.”

Prep Career

Jones was promoted to varsity during his sophomore season. He was named All-Area, All-County, and All-Mid Piedmont conference after catching 23 passes for 601 yards and nine touchdowns.

“Going from his sophomore year to his junior year, we felt like there were some things that we needed to do as a coaching staff and that first thing was get the ball into [Jones’s] hands as much as possible,” George said. “… He was scoring a touchdown every other time he touches the ball. So we have to put the ball in his hands as much as possible.”

Jones’s reception numbers nearly doubled (40 catches) in 2014. He scored eight touchdowns and accumulated 693 yards on those grabs. Additionally, his defensive snaps drastically increased, though he was primarily used in certain situations.

“This particular year, he played exclusively on Juval Mollette from Randleman and made the play of the game, which was a pick six right before halftime,” George said.

Recruitment

Four schools have offered Jones – Charlotte, East Carolina, NC State, and West Virginia. With the exception of ECU, which is recruiting him as an athlete, the offering schools project him as a wide receiver.

Jones is also receiving significant interest from Duke, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

“Emmanuel hasn’t been offered by North Carolina, yet I know they’re still looking at him,” George said. “I know he’s been invited to Fedora’s Freak Show. The biggest thing with Emmanuel is they want to see him in person and do their drills. Emmanuel, unfortunately, wasn’t able to get down to one of their camps last summer and that held them back a little bit.”

UNC also invited Jones to its first junior day, which he accepted and attended in late January.

“That was a great experience,” Jones said. “I had gone up there last year for a junior day and that was pretty good. But this year, it was pretty exciting because I was able to meet some of the new coaches up there and talk to Coach [Gunter] Brewer and Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic].”

Jones was shadowed by Kapilovic throughout the junior day visit, but Jones also met individually with Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach, in his office.

“He just talked about drills and just talked about effort and athleticism, and then how they utilize their receivers at North Carolina with touches,” George said. “They spread the ball around a lot.”

The day’s activities concluded with the UNC-Florida State basketball game.

“Basketball is my favorite sport, so it was exciting because they have really good fans and the basketball team is pretty good,” Jones said.

Bestowing praise on UNC’s basketball program is more of an achievement than meets the eye since Jones grew up a Duke basketball fan.

Jones has also visited Duke, NC State, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He’s working on scheduling trips to Charlotte and East Carolina.

In order, Jones’s favorite schools list is NC State, East Carolina, and UNC.

“They’re in-state schools and they’re close to home,” Jones said. “I love NC State – they have good coaching staff. Most of my family members went to those three schools and I want to keep that going.”

Extra Notes

Jones is also an All-Conference performer in basketball and track. Among his track events is the 100-meter dash, where his personal best time is 11.2 seconds… Jones’s distant cousin, Cam Thomas, played collegiately at UNC before embarking on an NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and currently Pittsburgh Steelers. He also had several cousins attend East Carolina.

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