"When he got up there, I think [committing] was in the back of his mind. I think once he got up, he saw everything, met with the guys, and he just said 'This is the place I want to be.'"
Jones was already a highly-coveted junior. He chose the Tar Heels over scholarship offers from NC State, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech.
Heading into Wednesday night, it was a three-horse race between the Heels, Demon Deacons, and Hokies, but he opted for UNC because of its family feel.
"I think he liked the family atmosphere of [UNC]," said Purdue. "He felt very comfortable. We already have three [former] players that are playing for Carolina right now [Durell Mapp, Brandon Tate, Jabir Jones], and I think that was a big influence."
Since he has made his verbal pledge so early in the process, how firm is his commitment?
"I don't think [he'll look at other schools]," said Purdue. "I think he's pretty firm on what he's doing here. He didn't seem to waver at all."
Jones' 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame matched with his speed and athleticism make him a viable option at many positions on the football field. However, the Tar Heels' coaching staff plans to keep him at his high school position -- wide receiver.
"In my own opinion, I think they're getting one of the top recruits in North Carolina," said Purdue. "Dwight is our everything. If we need someone shut down on defensive like a receiver, you can lock Dwight on him. If we need to stop the run, we can play Dwight at defensive end. If you've got to have him as a tight end, he can play that. And he's got size and speed to play the wide receiver.
"Dwight is an athlete and is very versatile. You can put him wherever you need him to win the football game for you."
Last season Jones caught 49 passes for 962 yards (19.6-yard average) and eight touchdowns.