Tenn. OL Visits UNC

Barrett Jones unofficially visited North Carolina over the weekend.

"It was a great visit," said Jones. "It was definitely a visit more towards the positive. I really enjoyed the campus and the environment. I would definitely say it influenced me in the positive."

Jones, a 6-foot-5 260-pound offensive tackle from Memphis (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian, and his family arrived in Chapel Hill Friday night and stayed until Saturday.

After eating on Franklin Street, UNC offensive line coach Sam Pittman escorted Jones around campus.

"Overall the campus was really great," said Jones.

"The football facilities, they were really nice. They said they're doing a 100 million dollar renovation and expansion. So that should be pretty cool when they're done that.

"I also got a chance to see the Dean Dome, which was pretty cool because I'm also a basketball player and fan."

During the tour, Pittman talked a little football with Jones.

"He just chatted about his philosophies of offensive line and how he thought I would fit into his scheme," said Pittman. "He said he liked tall, more athletic guys and faster guys. In their scheme they pull the tackles a lot, so he said I would really fit great in that scheme because of my tall, athletic body."

The following morning Jones met with Charlie Williams, his primary recruiter.

"We just kind of talked about life and North Carolina, what it had to offer for me," said Jones. "He felt that this was a good place for me. Not to pressure me or anything, but he would really like for me to come there."

Next, Jones met with Butch Davis.

"I really liked him," said Jones. "I was really impressed with his character and his vision for the future.

"First, he told me about the expansion and what they're going to do with the stadium. Then he just asked me what I was up to this summer, how things are going, what my plans were. He showed me his vision for the future of Carolina football and how he planned to change it drastically into a winning program."

Jones then had lunch with fellow Tennessee native and current UNC offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds.

"I really enjoyed that," said Jones. "He's a great guy and we have a lot in common.

"I was just asking him questions like how he liked it there, how he liked Coach Pittman, how was the change from the old coaching staff. He just told me about how the new coaching staff just focuses on the positive. They try to encourage instead of degrade and tear you down."

Jones closed out his visit with meetings with members from the academic support system and the dean of the business school.

Jones said he will return to Chapel Hill during the weekend of October 13th when the Tar Heels host South Carolina.

"That's our bye week for football, so I thought it would be a good week to go," said Jones. "It worked out best and [UNC] is one of the further schools so we'll have a little bit more time to travel."

While Jones still doesn't claim any favorites, he says will he will establish a list of five or six schools towards the end of the summer.

"[I'm looking at] just the people," said Jones. "I'm just looking for where I feel most comfortable [and] where I feel like I fit in the best with the coaches and players."

Over 20 schools have extended Jones a scholarship offer including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, UNC, and Tennessee.

In addition to UNC, Jones has made unofficial visits to Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Jones is in the middle of a family vacation and said thus he hasn't put much thought into the remainder of his summer traveling plans.

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