Avery Jones is not ready to make his college decision, but three schools have really gotten his attention.
"I'm not trying to go far from home, so location is definitely going to play a factor in my decision" said the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Jones. "North Carolina, Duke and Virginia Tech are standing out. All three schools are even right now."
The Havelock standout gave a quick thought on each school.
North Carolina: "I like the coaches at UNC," Jones said. "I've also gotten to know some of the football players and I like the chemistry in the locker room."
Duke: "First, I like the academics. I can also go there and play in the ACC. So, it's just the combination of football and education."
Virginia Tech: "They have a really good football team and the coaches seem cool. I haven't visited, but plan on getting up there soon."
His most recent visit was to North Carolina for their game against The Citadel.
"It was a fun trip," Jones said. "I liked the atmosphere in the stadium while the game was going on. I also had a chance to speak with (defensive coordinator) coach (Gene) Chizik and (offensive line) coach (Chris) Kapilovic. I definitely feel like they really want me.
"I like coach Kapilovic because he's a cool person and knows how to talk to players and relate to them. I also like coach Chizik and he's a good a guy, too."
Jones' next stop will likely be Virginia Tech.
"It will be my first time in Blacksburg, so I'm really looking forward to seeing everything," Jones said. "I want to see the campus and area around the school. I also want to learn more about the program and meet some of the players.
"(Defensive line) coach (Charley) Wiles is recruiting me and we always stay in contact. He's told me it's a great place and that he wants me to come and visit. I'm looking forward to meeting the entire staff and getting to know them."
He is unsure about when he will make a commitment.
"I could make it right before, during or after my senior season,"Jones said. "The main factors are going to be academics and wherever I feel most at home."