Michigan WR Drops by UNC

While in the Tar Heel State visiting Wake Forest, Tony Jones and his family decided to drive to the Triangle area to explore the campuses of Duke, North Carolina, and NC State.

"I just rode by North Carolina," Jones said. "My parents just drove me around campus. The stadium was unlocked so I actually went down into the stadium and looked around at the field and surroundings."

Jones, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver from Grand Blanc (Mich.), enjoyed his short preview of UNC.

"It was beautiful," Jones said. "I was very impressed with the campus and the football stadium. From the little I did see, I really liked."

Jones has collected 14 scholarship offers, including Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin. However, he hasn't heard from UNC – mostly because the Tar Heels' coaching staff doesn't typically recruit the state of Michigan.

"I would definitely be very interested in learning more about the Tar Heel football program," Jones said. "I recently sent them my film and hope to hear back soon.

It's also not typical for a recruit from the Great Lakes state to express a strong interest in schools in North Carolina.

"North Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest are known for being such great schools academic wise – that's definitely important in my decision," Jones said. "And I've always heard what a beautiful state North Carolina is.

"I hear North Carolina football is definitely on the rise. I watched the game with West Virginia last year and I was very impressed with their team."

In addition to the four North Carolina schools, Jones has made visits to Michigan State, Northwestern, and Toledo.

Jones is scheduled to visit Stanford in June. He's also working on a trip to Vanderbilt sometime this summer.

"I'm really just trying to get up to all the schools that have offered me so I can get a good feel for everything before I narrow my list down," Jones said.

Jones plans to cut his list of options to five schools by August. From there, he isn't exactly sure where his recruitment will go.

"If I don't make a decision before my senior year, then I'll use up a couple of my official visits and then I'll go from there, as far as committing," Jones said.

Last fall, Jones was a major weapon for Grand Blanc High. He not only caught 69 passes for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns, but also rushed twice for 59 yards and a score and averaged 46 yards on nine kickoff returns.

Jones was brought up to the varsity level as a freshman, but saw limited action. During the following season, though, he made an immediate impact and became the first sophomore in conference history to be named first team all-conference. On the season he made 46 catches for 468 yards and four touchdowns.

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