Jones' Visit Exceeds Expectations

Tai-ler Jones arrived for this past weekend's visit to North Carolina merely interested in the Tar Heels. He left with a with a whole new take on the program.

"It went great," Jones said. "It exceeded all my expectations. Going in, I really didn't know what to expect.

"I knew it was going to be a good visit off of what my dad knew. But when I got there and they talked to me about their academics and how most of their coaches on their staff have NFL experience that really blew me away."

Jones, a 6-foot, 174-pound wide receiver from Gainesville (Ga.), and his father arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday. Shortly after his arrival, Jones sat in on a broadcast journalism class. On Saturday, Jones watched the Tar Heels' Spring Game before leaving campus later that night.

Throughout his stay, Jones received a lot of one-on-one attention from the coaching staff. He spent the most time with Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receiver coach, and John Blake, his recruiter. Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel, served as Jones' escort while on campus.

"They were talking to me about how North Carolina is the total package – it has great academics and there's great football in the ACC," Jones said. "And their NFL experience and their pro-style offense will get me ready for the next level."

Jones was also told that he is very high on UNC's recruiting board.

"They told me if I came, they told me the plan for me," Jones said. "They said they could use me on both sides of the ball and as a return specialist."

Jones' favorites list consists of California, Georgia, Notre Dame, UNC, Ohio State, Stanford, and UCLA.

He has visited each of his favorites, with the exception of the three California schools. But, that will change soon. Jones and his father will spend nearly a week out west, starting Thursday, and are scheduled to visit California, Stanford, and UCLA.

Shortly after his California trip, Jones will look to make his collegiate decision, although no definite plans have been established.

"[An important factor is] definitely the rapport I built with the coaches in the short time that I have to meet and speak with them," Jones said. "And then the environment around the school and the environment the coaches build around the football team. And then if I couldn't play football anymore, would I still like going to that school."

Jones is reluctant to name a leader until after he takes his last recruiting visit. However, he admits that UNC is in a good position.

"As of right now, [UNC] would be near the top," Jones said.

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