That early interest, as well as Pitt's proximity to Paul Jones' McKees Rocks-based Sto-Rox High School, has the Panthers among the frontrunners for the Class of 2010 athlete.
"I really like Pitt, and I'm learning a lot going to all these camps,'' Jones said. "There's a lot to see. Great coaches and facilities. It's a great place. They showed me a lot, but hopefully I can show them something, too. So, that's what I'm going to try to do.''
Since Jones will be a junior this fall, he can only receive questionnaires from college recruiters. Schools can't send him letters or call until after Sept. 1. It's a good bet that Jones will receive early offers, and Pittsburgh is a likely candidate.
"I wouldn't mind that at all,'' Jones said. "That would be nice. I wouldn't complain about that. I'd love to get an offer from Pitt. I like everything about Pitt, the coaches, players facilities, and it's close to home.
"That's a big thing for me and my family, because they wouldn't have too far to go to see me play. So, hopefully, I can come here. Coaches came to our school to talk to my coach, mostly Coach (Greg) Gattuso, so it's been great.''
Jones, who started for Sto-Rox as a sophomore last fall, is big and strong at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. But he's also quick enough to avoid a pass rush and take off if necessary. However, Jones is not a running quarterback. He's a classic pocket passer with a rocket arm.
"(Jones) may be the best overall quarterback prospect I've seen in the state in a number of years,'' Scout.com Regional Recruiting Manager Bob Lichtenfels said. "This kid is as good as advertised and might be the top player in the state (as a senior) next year.''
There's a chance that Jones could make an early verbal commitment to Pitt's 2010 recruiting class.
Jones Has 2010 QB Class Looking Up
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