New Jersey Corner Impressed With Pitt

As a junior, Shayne Jones recorded 33 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles on defense. He earned first-team all-conference and first-team all-county honors.

Shayne Jones has heard from Pittsburgh and Rutgers so far in his recruitment. He has been to Rutgers a number of times. This past weekend was his first trip to Pitt, and in his eyes, it couldn't have gone better.

"Honestly, I don't think a first impressions could be any better," Jones said. "I was that impressed."

Coming in, Jones had no picture in his mind of what Pitt looked like, or any idea he would enjoy the environment and the campus as much as he did.

"I knew Pitt was a real successful program," Jones said. "I knew it was going to be cool. I had never been to Pittsburgh, so it was nice seeing a different area. It was honestly a really good trip. Me and my mother agreed it was well worth the drive."

One of the biggest reasons for it being well worth the drive was the Pitt coaching staff.

"They are really good people, really sincere," Jones said. "I got to talk to most of the coaches. I sat down with Coach (Paul) Randolph. He talked to us the most."

Afterwards, he met safeties coach Randall McCray.

"Coach Randolph, he's the New Jersey (recruiting) coach," Jones said. "The position coach also recruits you, and that makes sense. I met (McCray), and I wouldn't mind him being my coach. (Randolph) was telling us he has this area, but that the position coach also recruits you. That makes sense. The safeties coach would want me more."

Todd Graham, since he came to Pitt, has talked to the Pitt fan base about bringing his brand of high-octane football on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Graham is giving the same speech to the prospective recruits.

"The thing that stuck out to me the most is how they emphasize they like to win every day, not just Saturday, Thursday, Friday or whatever," Jones said. "They're good people, generous people as a whole."

Jones has just given the Pitt coaches his 2010 film, and will wait to hear more from them in regards to an offer.


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