Jones to Pull Double Duty

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- In spite of his reputation as a wide receiver, the coaches on North Carolina's Shrine Bowl squad are experimenting with Dwight Jones on the defensive side of the ball.

"Today I played like a linebacker/defensive end position," said Jones, referring to the standup defensive end position in the 50 defense, which is being employed by North Carolina.

"[Shrine Bowl assistant coach] Coach [Frank] Ninch, he coached at my high school. He put me over there, because he knows I can play defense. For the game, I'll probably play both offense and defense."

Jones, 6-foot-3 205-pound wide out who plays safety for Burlington (N.C.) Cummings, is welcoming the extra responsibility.

"I didn't really expect to play defense, I was just expecting to play offense," said Jones. "It's cool with me, though."

Offensively, Jones is expected to be one of the more reliable receivers, but is currently adjusting to the different offensive philosophy.

"At first, I kind of struggled [with the offense]," said Jones. "I'm getting there, but I'm still trying to get the hang of it."

Recruiting wise, Jones is still verbally committed to North Carolina, but has scheduled official visits with Tennessee (January 12th), Florida (January 19th), and Clemson.

"Basically, [I'm taking visits] because I committed to John Bunting," said Jones. "I like Butch Davis, too. I'm basically trying to see what the other schools are like."

Jones will be taking his first official visit January 6th to UNC.

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