UNC Impresses Jones

With an offseason visit already under his belt, Barrett Jones went into his North Carolina official visit primarily focused on the game-time atmosphere.

"I was really impressed to be quiet honest with you," said Jones, a four-star Scout.com prospect ranked the No. 15 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 1 overall player in the state of Tennessee. "They're definitely tons of people that are crazy for [North] Carolina up there. The atmosphere was great; it was rocking the whole time so I was definitely impressed."

Furthermore, the visit in general has only helped UNC's chances with the 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle from Memphis (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian.

"I definitely enjoyed the visit, but I'm not going to make any comments on favorites," said Jones. "I really like North Carolina – let's just say that. They did a great job with my whole recruiting process."

Accompanied by his parents and two brothers, Jones arrived in Chapel Hill late Friday night.

"North Carolina is definitely a first class university – not only with their athletic program, but also academics," Jones said. "Their coaches and their players just seemed to have a lot of class about them."

UNC starting right tackle Garrett Reynolds – a fellow native of Tennessee -- hosted Jones over the weekend.

"He was a great guy," Jones said. "He just introduced me to some of the guys – I really enjoyed that."

Saturday morning Jones met with the Chancellor and members of the academic support staff. Afterwards, he headed over to Kenan Stadium and watched UNC fall short of a comeback win.

"They're definitely a program on the rise," Jones said. "They played very competitively against a really good South Carolina team. So definitely that was a testament of how far things have come."

Following the game, Reynolds took Jones out to eat with various players and the entire coaching staff.

The next morning, Jones and his family had breakfast with Charlie Williams, his primary recruiter, and Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"We just talked about life – nothing in particular," Jones said. "[We were] just kind of talking and [we were] hanging out."

Jones closed out his visit with a one-on-one meeting with Butch Davis.

"He just wanted to let me know that I'm a high priority to them and he would love it if I came there," Jones said. "He also told me what his plans for success were and how he planned to accomplish that. He said he wants to build [the program] around classy people and recruit classy people and not take any shortcuts."

A month ago, Jones took his only other official visit to Florida, which he said was also a "good visit."

When asked about his remaining official visits, Jones, who is also considering Alabama, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, said "I haven't gotten that far yet – I don't know yet."

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