2008 Intro: Adrian Jones

LAURINBURG, N.C. --- In a continued attempt to keep the pipeline from Laurinburg to Chapel Hill flowing, the North Carolina coaching staff has extended a scholarship offer to yet another Scotland County HS standout – Adrian Jones, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete.

According to Jones, Clemson, East Carolina, UNC, and N.C. State have all offered.

While teammate Terrell Manning receives most of the recruiting attention and press, Jones is just as good of a college prospect, according to Mark Barnes, Scotland County's head football coach. However, grades are holding Jones back.

"Terrell is much more advanced, right now, academically [than Jones]," said Barnes. "His academics are much more inline for where they need to be. For recruiting, Adrian has some work to do academically. I think he's going to do it, but he doesn't project as well as Terrell does from that phase.

"But athletically, Adrian is as gifted as any player that we've had here. As far as ball skills and doing things on the field he's very, very gifted."

Jones and Manning attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day a couple weeks ago.

Arriving in the early afternoon, Jones toured the facilities. He also met each member of UNC's coaching staff including Butch Davis, but spent the most time with primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen.

"He was just telling me how much they really want me and Terrell to play football for them," said Jones.

Thigpen also informed Jones that UNC is recruiting him to play cornerback.

"I wouldn't mind playing it," said Jones. "I've played it some in high school."

Cornerback is just one of a handful of positions Jones is being recruited for, according to Barnes. Jones' athletic ability will allow him to excel at many positions on the collegiate level.

"I don't know if I can tie him down to one position," said Barnes. "He's going to help himself in recruiting, because he's can project to play many positions. He might be a running back, he might be a receiver, [or] he might be a DB depending on what you need.

"He's just very athletic and has great skills. He receives the ball extremely well; he runs the ball well; he's a strong guy; he's the 100-meter champion in our conference as a sophomore so he runs well.

"He can just project to play so many positions, is gifted athletically, and when he has the ball in his hands he can be fun to watch."

Jones' Chapel Hill stay concluded with the UNC-Duke basketball game.

"It was good that North Carolina came out strong against their rival," said Jones. "I thought it was an exciting game.

"There were a lot of people there and the fans treated us like we were already on the football team. As we were walking through, they were clapping for us."

After the visit, Jones' positive feelings about UNC have flourished.

"I can really see myself going to Carolina," said Jones. "It's close to home, so my parents can see me play."

Jones, who said he won't make a verbal commitment until after his senior football season, goes as far as to say he's "leaning towards Carolina" as his leader.

On March 24th, Jones will make a return visit to UNC for another Junior Day. He – along with Manning – will also unofficially visit Clemson later in the spring.

Jones is also considering camping at UNC this summer.

As a sophomore, Jones started at wide receiver for Scotland County, but was moved to quarterback prior to his junior season to add athleticism to that position. This fall he'll continue to see time under center, but will be moved around on offense and also play cornerback on defense.

"Offensively, he's going to be kind of like our version of [Darren] McFadden at Arkansas," said Barnes. "We're going to find different ways to get him the ball, put him in different places and try to cause the defense some personal match-up problems."

Last year, Jones passed for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 748 yards and four more touchdowns.

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