2017 WR Waydale Jones (© Greg Powers/SCOUT)

UNC Courting Another Texas Wideout

Waydale Jones had 115 receptions for 1,979 yards and 30 touchdowns -- in one season.

Just before the holiday Dead Period commenced, North Carolina wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer made initial contact with Waydale Jones, a 6-foot-4, 184-pound wide receiver who put up jaw-dropping stats during his senior season. Since then, the two have spoken nearly everyday.

"Coach Gunter Brewer told me they're an Air Raid offense," Jones said. "They throw the ball a lot and they're looking for a tall, fast, explosive wide receiver. That's why they like me. I can go up and get it and make plays."

Jones's conversations with Brewer have also resulted in the scheduling of an official visit for the final weekend prior to Signing Day. Unsurprisingly, the Beeville (Texas) Jones product has yet to step foot within the state of North Carolina.

"First, I want to see the academics, because I want to be a cardiologist," Jones said. "And also, it's a big-time program, so I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing what it has to offer."

Besides UNC, Jones has an official visit scheduled to San Diego State the weekend of Jan. 20. He's also in talks with Wake Forest about setting up an official trip for this coming weekend.

Unlike UNC, both San Diego State and Wake Forest have offered Jones.

"[Brewer] said they have one more scholarship left and they're looking at me and another receiver from Georgetown [Beau Corrales]," Jones said. "[Corrales] has an official visit, too. We're just going to see what goes down."

Heading into his official visit schedule, Jones doesn't have a clear cut favorite.

"My dream has always been to go to a Power 5 school," Jones said. "So, I'm going to see what these visits have. Also, I'm going to see what these schools' medical fields offer. And seeing how I fit in with the coaches and players."

Prior to this season, Jones was stuck in an offense that revolved around the zone-option. Despite having a 6-foot-4 target, the ball was only throw on third-and-long situations. Still, Jones made 58 receptions for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"It was basically strictly fades and screens -- there really was no versatility," Jones said. "And the team wasn't that successful with that scheme."

Last offseason, Jerry Bomar became Beeville (Texas) Jones's head coach and brought with him an Air Raid offensive scheme. The Trojans won its first district title since 2007 and Jones thrived. He caught 115 passes for 1,979 yards and 30 touchdowns.

"The new scheme that the new coaches implemented, it worked around me and we were success with it," Jones said.


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