Jones Settling In at Hargrave

CHATHAM, Va. --- North Carolina signee Dwight Jones looks at prepping at Hargrave Military Academy this fall as a minor detour in his path to wearing Carolina Blue.

"I'm disappointed that I couldn't enroll at North Carolina when I wanted," Jones said Tuesday at Hargrave's annual Media Day. "But it's also good because I will be better prepared for college."

Jones, a 6-foot-3 205-pound wide receiver, verbally committed and signed a National Letter of Intent with North Carolina last February as a senior at Burlington (N.C.) Cummings. However, he failed to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Jones expects to spend just the fall semester at Hargrave and then enroll at UNC in January.

Jones arrived in Chatham on Monday, but he won't begin classes until September. His class schedule consists of courses in math, english, science, and weight lifting.

"Mostly, I have to work on my math and my english," said Jones.

In addition to his academics, Jones hopes to further enhance his play at wide receiver.

"I want to work on my route running and other parts of my technique," said Jones.

Jones has yet to step on Hargrave's practice field, but plans on being a major weapon for the Cadets' offense.

"I hope to be a big part [of the offense]," said Jones. "But I know there're a lot of good players on the team that feel the same way. I hope to get a lot of playing time, because I feel like I came come out and be one of the best players."

Although he hasn't spoken to the UNC coaches in awhile, Jones is expecting Kenny Browning, who has taken over his recruitment, to visit Hargrave this fall.

If his schedule cooperates, Jones will be in Chapel Hill a lot this fall.

"They said I can come to some of the football games, so I'm trying to go to however many games I can get to," said Jones. "I really want to go to all the home games and see all the new players and my former [high school] teammates – Brandon Tate and Durell Mapp."

Jones has not spoken to any other school outside of UNC. Additionally, he doesn't plan to waver on his commitment.

"I'm still with them," said Jones of the Tar Heels. "I'm going to stick with Carolina to the end."

(Miller Safrit contributed to this report)

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