UNC 'Up There' for Jones

Although he doesn't list a true favorite school, Harrison Jones says North Carolina is "definitely up there."

"I have a ton of interest [in UNC]," Jones said. "It's definitely at the top of the list. It's definitely up there for sure as a major consideration. I've been down there some times and I've loved it."

Jones, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end from Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian School, has collected scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.

Jones was first exposed to UNC during the fall of '07 when he joined his brother, Barrett, on his UNC official visit.

The following summer, Jones made sure UNC was among his camping stops.

"[That first visit] had a pretty bit to do [with me camping at UNC]," Jones said. "I had a great time. [Barrett] told me how great a school it was, even though he didn't go there. He liked it a lot."

Jones also camped at Alabama and Mississippi last summer.

Last fall, Jones revisited UNC for the football game against Notre Dame.

"I really felt like I needed to make a visit to UNC just to see a game myself," Jones said.

Jones returned to Chapel Hill, yet again, during the spring to meet newly hired tight ends coach Allen Mogridge.

"I like him a lot – I love him," Jones said. "He's a young guy. He seems like he knows a lot about what he's talking about, because he's been there and he's done it before."

Since then, Jones and Mogridge have kept in constant contact. Jones also communicates regularly with Charlie Williams, UNC's area recruiter.

"We just talk about what's going on down there, what kind of new plays they're putting in for the tight end, and just how I've been," Jones said.

UNC is recruiting Jones as an H-back.

As a sophomore at Evangelical Christian, Jones started and mostly played wide receiver. Receiver continued to be his primary position during his junior season, but Jones did see increased reps at tight end.

Also this spring, Jones has visited Alabama, Mississippi, and Vanderbilt.

Jones doesn't have any plans for the summer, but is considering attending a few one-day camps.

Before the end of the summer, Jones hopes to make a verbal commitment.

"I'm just going to look at my offers and see where I feel most comfortable," Jones said. "I'm just going to take as many visits as I can and just try to see what all is out there and make sure I didn't miss anything.

"Really, I just want to find a place where I'm most comfortable and where I fit in the best and where they want me."

Many assume Jones will follow his brother's footsteps and eventually choose Alabama. He quickly dismisses those assumptions.

"I am definitely in no way a lock to Alabama," Jones said. "I'm keeping my eyes open and I'm going to make the decision that I feel is best for me. And I'm going to try to not let my brother or my family influence me too much."

However, Jones does recognize the benefits of joining his brother in Tuscaloosa.

"I would really like to play with him," Jones said. "I think it would be a lot of fun.

"When you get to college, you don't really know a lot of people and I think that would help with that, also. I would already know him and we would have a good time together."

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