CLIFTON, Va. --- Although his late arrival forced a reduced itinerary, four-star defensive back Deon Jones thoroughly enjoyed his first visit to North Carolina.
“The visit was crazy,” Jones said. “I loved it... They were turned up at practice. The DBs were swagged out. I loved the visit.”
Jones, a 6-foot-1, 183-pounder from Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll, was supposed to arrive at noon on Friday. Since he was running behind, he reached campus at about 2 p.m. – just as that day’s practice was beginning.
Before practice, Jones was scheduled to meet with members of UNC’s staff. His late arrival coupled with the coaches' full post-practice schedule limited Jones’s coach interaction to a brief encounter with John Papuchis, who recruits D.C. for UNC.
“I did talk to Coach J.P. on the field,” Jones said. “He told me that he was going to come back to my school [during the Evaluation Period] to come see me.
“He told me they have plenty of playing time. They don’t have good depth at DB and especially at cornerback. They have two graduates this year, I believe. That’s a great opportunity for me.”
Rotating between cornerback and safety this past season for Archbishop Carroll, Jones made 24 tackles and deflected three passes. He also blocked a field goal, and caught seven passes for 186 yards and a touchdown at receiver.
Before leaving Chapel Hill, Jones received a tour of UNC’s football facilities.
Jones plans to return to UNC for a more comprehensive visit this summer.
“I definitely like the school,” Jones said. “I’m open to all schools, until I take my visits to the west coast. After I get back from the west coast, I’ll narrow it down.”
Over the summer, Jones plans to visit Arizona State, Stanford, and UCLA. He also figures to visit Oklahoma.
Besides UNC, Jones has visited Clemson, Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia.
About three dozen schools have offered Jones. This summer, after concluding his visits, he plans to reduce the number of schools under consideration to 10 programs.