While Jones, a 6-foot-3 205-pound wide receiver from Burlington (N.C.) Cummings, maintains that he's still verbally committed to UNC, he admitted that the dismissal could hurt the Tar Heels' chances.
"I believe it might effect [my recruitment], because I've known him since ninth grade so we've developed a very, very close relationship," said Jones. "It could [hurt UNC], but I'm not going to say it will. When it comes down to making my decision it will be a factor."
Early on, Jones felt confident that Sanders would be among the assistant coaches retained.
"When I went to North Carolina when they played Florida State [in basketball] and Butch Davis was introducing the coaching staff, he said Coach Sanders," said Jones. "So I was thinking ‘Ok, Coach Sanders is going to stay,' because Butch Davis mentioned his name with the staff."
To help mend fences, a trio of North Carolina's offensive coaches traveled to Burlington for an in-home visit with Jones.
"Coach [John] Shoop, Coach [Charlie] Williams, and Coach [Steve] Hagen came to my house [Tuesday]," said Jones. "That went well. They really just talked to my parents about Carolina. We didn't really talk about playing time or recruiting.
"It was the first time I met Coach Shoop. He's been in the NFL for some years and he said my house was the first house that he's visited for recruiting. He was a very nice guy."
This weekend, Jones will take his official visit to Clemson. Last weekend, the Scout.com four-star prospect officially visited Tennessee.
"Basically, I'm going to these other schools just looking for that one thing that really sticks out," said Jones.
"Tennessee has all three of their starting receivers leaving. I feel that I'm good enough to play and I'll at least get in the rotation. And they really like to throw the ball and their quarterback has been there for four years and all their coaches, they all have been there for some years."
Jones will take his final official visit to North Carolina the weekend of the 26th.
He said he plans to make his final college decision on Signing Day.
"It's probably just really going to come down to the coaches," said Jones. "The coaches that I feel most comfortable with I'll probably choose [that school]."