Jones Focused On Healing, Studying

BURLINGTON, N.C. --- With the recent inflammation of a groin injury, North Carolina verbal commit Dwight Jones is finally feeling the effects of a nonstop athletic schedule. Therefore, the four-star wideout will sit out most of his high school's offseason football activities, which included Wednesday's 7-on-7 at his high school.

"Dwight's one of those kids since his freshman year he's went football, basketball, AAU basketball all the way to the next football season," said Burlington (N.C.) Cummings offensive coordinator Jay Purdue. "He's never had a time off."

The current injury isn't anything to be alarmed about and just needs time to heal.

"It's nothing major, but one of those nagging injuries we just wanted to get out of the way before the football season," said Purdue. "He was complaining about it last year during football season and during basketball season. He's a tough kid, but Coach [Steve] Johnson and I talked about it and figured since he wasn't playing AAU basketball this year we should give him some time off of it."

Additionally, Cummings' team therapist, Chris Cruzan, has been willing to work after hours with Jones. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder is expected to be at 100 percent in time for the season opener on August 18th against Southern Alamance.

"I was talking to Chris and he said we're looking at probably a month and we should be good to go," said Purdue.

With Jones obviously absent from many football related activities, rumors began to circulate that it was because he wasn't eligible for the coming season. However, Purdue issued a "guarantee that No. 5 will be lining up for Cummings this fall" and added that he's a solid SAT score away from fully qualifying.

"The thing that he has to do right now is, he has to take the SAT," said Purdue. "We had him hold off a little while on that because we have him enrolled in this SAT class. Once he gets through the SAT class, he will take it."

Also, Jones is in summer school to earn some extra credits.

According to Purdue, Jones holds scholarship offers from almost every school in the ACC and SEC. While most schools have moved on, one SEC school continues to apply the pressure.

"Right now, the one that's really hot on him is Florida," said Purdue. "[Coach John] ‘Doc' Holliday has been contacting him often. Florida seems to be the only one continuing to go after him."

Regardless, Jones doesn't look to be wavering from his pledge, which was made way back in February.

"I don't think [his commitment is in jeopardy]," said Purdue. "I think Dwight is pretty settled in what he did. That was his first choice. He said if Carolina offered him that was where he would commitment to, he wanted to stay close to home."

During his junior season, Jones caught 49 passes for 962 yards (19.6-yard average) and eight touchdowns.

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