Jones Nearing Decision

Harrison Jones can see the light at the end of the tunnel of his recruitment.

"Sometime soon I'll make a decision," Jones said. "Really, I just want to do it by the end of the summer so that during the season I can just focus on our season and my senior year."

Jones, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end from Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian, has narrowed his choices down to Alabama, UNC, and Oklahoma.

"With Alabama, my brother goes there, I have family there, and my dad went there," Jones said. "It's close to home. They're going to win, obviously.

"At North Carolina, I love the people, I love the environment, and I just love the coaches and the attitude down there. They're definitely a team that's on the rise. I think Coach [Butch] Davis is definitely taking it in the right direction. I just feel really comfortable down there.

"Oklahoma, their offense is pretty ridiculous. They set a record for most points scored in a season in the NCAA... I certainly liked their tight ends coach and offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson."

Jones says he doesn't have a leader among the three schools.

Jones has made countless visits to Alabama and has visited UNC a handful of times, but has only visited Oklahoma once. His most recent visit to UNC was in the early spring when he met Allen Mogridge, who had just been hired to coach the tight ends.

Before making his verbal commitment, Jones has one visit remaining – Alabama's camp.

"I've been to Alabama a million times, so I don't think [this visit] is really going to change much from what I know about the school," Jones said.

With the strong family connections, the assumption is Jones will eventually choose to follow his father's and brother's footsteps and select Alabama.

"I'm definitely not close-minded at all," Jones said. "…I'm open-minded, definitely to North Carolina."

UNC has really put the full-court press on Jones.

"North Carolina, by far, writes me the most letters and it's really the only school that does that," Jones said. "I probably talk to Coach ‘Mo' [Mogridge] about as much or more than any other coach.

"Coach ‘Mo' and the other coaches, they write me letters everyday really," Jones said. "Coach ‘Mo' and I stayed in contact. I call him every once in a while and we talk about stuff – just about life [and] about Carolina."

In addition to his favorite schools, Jones has been offered a scholarship by Arkansas, Florida State, and Mississippi.

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