JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --- Demetrius Jones is flying under the recruiting radar. But, Northside High's head coach says the 6-foot-3, 176-pound wide receiver reminds him of a current Tar Heel.
"He's kind of like Josh Cabrera," Northside head coach Kendrick Pollock. "He's quiet and humble, but yet he's fiery. He plays bigger than his frame.
"He's athletic. He could play anywhere that we put him; he plays wide receiver for us and turns around and plays corner, he returns kicks, and can kick the ball off."
During his promotion to varsity prior to his sophomore season, Jones was converted from tight end to wide receiver. Five games into that season, he broke his collarbone and missed the remaining games.
Jones made a full recovery and led Northside in receptions as the team reached the NCHSAA 2A Championship. In a losing effort in the title game, he was awarded the East's Most Outstanding Offensive Player after pulling in five passes for a team-high 70 yards. He finished the season with 32 receptions for 401 yards and four touchdowns.
Jones also started at cornerback in 2016, where he picked off seven passes.
"I think, without a doubt, out of the three [Division I recruits on Northside's roster] he is the sleeper," Pollock said. "At 6-3, 176 [pounds], I think [recruiters] are scared of his frame. But, he plays a lot bigger than that. Who ever gets him is getting a steal."
Jones camped at Duke, East Carolina, and NC State last summer. He plans to return to those three this summer, plus work out at Appalachian State's and UNC's camps.
Although it came up short on the gridiron, Northside went undefeated and won the NCHSAA 2A Championship in basketball in 2017. Playing forward, Jones averaged eight points and five rebounds on the season... Jones grew up a Florida fan, primarily because of Tim Tebow... Jones plans to major in sports medicine in college.