Jones Planning Return Trip to UNC

Scout.com four-star prospect Barrett Jones announced his final five schools earlier this month. Among the finalists was North Carolina.

"There was a lot of things [that I liked about UNC]," said Jones. "First of all, the coaching staff. They're definitely a great coaching staff. They all really want to win. There's no question in my mind, they're definitely going to turn the program around up there.

"They're all nice guys. Coach [Charlie] Williams, my recruiter, is a great guy. Coach [Butch] Davis seems like a great leader and a great role model.

"Also, it's a great atmosphere up there at Carolina – just all the fans – and I can tell people love Carolina up there."

Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt also made Jones' cut.

"It was the people [at those five schools]," said Jones. "Those five places are where I felt really comfortable. And the coaching staffs were all great, receptive, and really acted like they wanted me to play for them one day. They all are big time programs, so they all have nice facilities."

Jones, a 6-foot-5 260-pound offensive tackle from Memphis (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian, says an unofficial visit to UNC in mid-June played a huge part in the Tar Heels making the cut.

"It was the first time I had ever been there," said Jones. "I'm not the type of guy just to put a school in my top five just based on their reputation and not actually visit and feel the atmosphere and experience the campus."

A lengthy campus tour over the summer included stops to all five of his final schools.

The next step for Jones, recruiting-wise, is to attend some games this fall. He'll most likely visit each finalist for a game and spend an official visit on some – if not all – of his trips.

Jones, who has already scheduled an official trip to Florida on September 15th for the Tennessee game, is looking at the weekend of October 13th to visit Chapel Hill.

"I think what's going to work out right now is the South Carolina game," said Jones. "That's a week I don't have a [high school] game."

During his travels, Jones, who doesn't claim a leader, will continue to focus on his comfort level.

"[I'm looking for] the place where I feel most comfortable," said Jones. "These are the five I feel most comfortable with; now I have to narrow it down to the one."

In the meantime, Jones is focused on his senior football season.

"I think we'll be all right," said Jones. "We lost in the state championship last year. We had a lot of really good players. We lost a lot of really good seniors so we definitely need some young guys to step up this year."

Jones starts at both left tackle and defensive end for Evangelical Christian. He is ranked the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Tennessee by Scout.com.

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