Heels Eying In-State Fullback

With Bobby Rome graduating after the season and Anthony Elzy following suit the next season, North Carolina is in the market for a fullback for the 2010 class. Tops on its recruiting board is Aaron Jones, a 6-foot-1, 226-pounder from Greensboro (N.C.) Western Guilford.

"I got some stuff in the mail from Carolina, but I didn't think it was anything serious," Jones said. "It's always been my dream school, but I never thought it was that serious with them."

It became serious within the last couple of weeks. UNC obtained film from the first few games of Jones' senior season -- thus far, he has totaled 14 touchdowns in five games while playing tailback and slot receiver in Western Guilford's single back spread offense).

Shortly thereafter, Everett Withers, UNC's area recruiter, contacted Chris Causey, Western Guilford's head football coach, and invited Jones to attend last Saturday's game against East Carolina.

During the visit, Jones met with Butch Davis in his office.

"He just talked about his interest [in me], he was asking about my classes – what I was taking – [and] what is going on in school," Jones said. "He was just touching base with me."

Davis also said UNC is "very close" to offering a scholarship and explained UNC's situation at fullback.

"He said I am the No. 1 guy at [the fullback] spot [on the recruiting board]," Jones said.

In addition to UNC, Jones is receiving interest from Buffalo, Clemson, East Carolina, Illinois, Syracuse, and Wake Forest. However, he's still awaiting his first scholarship offer.

Regardless, if UNC were to offer, Jones says he'd verbally commit on the spot.

"I'm there," Jones said. "I already told them I'm there, I'm signing."

Unsurprisingly, UNC is Jones' favorite school.

"[I like] the atmosphere – it's very humble," Jones said. "And also academically, they're tops in the nation academically and that's what I'm looking for."

Besides meeting with Davis, Jones' UNC visit Saturday included a tour of the locker room, watching the pre-game activities from the field, talking to the players in the locker room following the game, and then spending time with the coaching staff.

During the actual game, Jones was impressed by the atmosphere.

"The fans were intense," Jones said. "There was a lot of school pride and spirit. And the game was unbelievable."

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