CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- At offensive line, North Carolina’s focus remains on the 2017 recruiting class, which figures to be a good-sized haul. Before that’s completed, UNC might have already begun adding to the 2018 class with Avery Jones the likely opener.
“[UNC] remains the team to beat,” Jones said. “I just grew up watching them and watching them every time I could – football and basketball. That’s one of my favorite teams growing up. So, getting an offer from there meant a lot.
“And also, it’s close to home. I don’t want to go too far away for school.”
When Jones was offered during his February visit to Chapel Hill, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman nearly accepted on the spot. Although he restrained himself, the Havelock (N.C.) product says a commitment could come as soon as his junior season concludes.
“I don’t know exactly when,” Jones said. “But, maybe [I’ll commit] at the end of my junior season or maybe my senior year. I want to see how many offers I’m going to get.”
In addition to UNC, Jones has collected scholarship offers from Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, and NC State. He’s also hearing from Clemson, South Carolina, and Virginia.
This summer, Jones plans to attend Fedora’s Freak Show. Additionally, he’s looking to camp at Duke, NC State, and Virginia.
Gene Chizik, who recruits southeast N.C. for UNC, and Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels’ offensive line coach, have teamed up to recruit Jones.
“I follow [Kapilovic] on Twitter, but I don’t think he can DM me or call me,” Jones said. “When we’ve talked, he’s told me about the former O-linemen that were there and he talked about the school and how they run things.”
Kapilovic hasn’t discussed what exact position he projects Jones to play on the collegiate level.
“Maybe he’ll figure that out at the Freak Show,” Jones speculated.
During the 2015 season, Jones started at right tackle for a 12-1 program.