It's often said that good things come to those who wait. It's been a long long wait for 2010 Byrnes WR Nick Jones but he finally got some long awaited good news.
You see Jones, arguably the state's most versatile player in the 2010 class, finally received his first major scholarship offer from the South Carolina Gamecocks. We caught up with Jones to talk about his latest offer as well as what the near future may hold.
When asked about his latest offer Jones replied, "It felt great getting the offer from South Carolina. I mean I've been waiting on it for a long time. Especially from a big school. They have told me that they like me at wide receiver. Right now I've got offers from South Carolina, Georgia Southern, and Northern Illinois."
That list could very well change this week apparently. Jones says that he's been told that he could be receiving offers in the mail this week or next from Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, and Penn State.
Two programs in particular have been making their love for Jones known this spring. "South Carolina and Penn State are really hard on me right now. They've been here at the spring practices and I've been in contact with them at least 3 times a week."
The Rebels have a hectic offseason schedule but Jones says he will try to make some camps this offseason. "I know me and Marcus (Lattimore) are going to Penn State. I'm not sure about going to their camp yet but we are definitely going to visit. I will probably camp at South Carolina, Florida, and Florida State though."
Being a South Carolina native would the Gamecocks have been able to have Jones on campus quite a few times. He talked more in-depth about the Gamecocks and their program.
"I've been down there a lot. We played at Williams-Brice Stadium when we won the state championship my sophomore year. I like their facilities and I feel like I've got a good relationship with their coaches. They seem like they will always be there for me."
To say Nick Jones is versatile would be an understatement. He's passed for touchdowns, ran for touchdowns, caught touchdown passes, returned punt returns for touchdowns, and more for the Rebels. This coming season he's going to be pulling some double duty as a cornerback for the team.
"Oh yeah I got some reps of playing cornerback in the spring game. I will do anything I can to help my team so I look forward to that challenge of playing at cornerback." What if a school were to ask him to make that change on the next level?
"I just want to play somewhere. If I had to pick though I'd want to be on the offensive side of the ball because I love to have the football in my hands to make plays."
While the Gamecocks may be the first major program to extend the electric Byrnes star an offer we've watched Jones develop over the course of the past 3 seasons. There actually was a lot of weight added to his shoulders early on as many proclaimed him "the next Prince Miller" due to his all-around abilities. Comparisons to the former Byrnes and current UGA standout were in many ways unfair for such a young prospect but what we've seen of Jones through the years speaks volumes to his character and desire. While he appreciated the comparisons Jones was busy carving out his own identity and niche for the Rebels. The bottom line remains when the coaching staff calls on him Jones almost every time gets the job done and then some.
The knock on him has always been his size at 5'9 171 pounds. While we have no doubts about his abilities to be a major contributor to a college team on the next level it appears many schools have been on the fence in regards to his height. That appears to be changing with the offer from the Gamecocks and Jones talked about those who question his size.
"All I can say is that I've got heart. I try not to worry about my size. My heart is as big as it can possibly be. I feel like I'm 6'4 when I'm out there on the field!"
Looking ahead Jones shed some light on his goals for his last prep campaign with the Rebels. "Well I want to win state again of course, you know go undefeated, and possibly have a chance at winning a national championship. Honestly I just want to contribute as much as I can to help my team win ball games."
While his recruitment appears set to explode possibly soon with more big offers we asked Jones just what it is exactly that he's looking for in a potential college.
"Well academics always come first so education is the main thing. Second would have to be how comfortable I feel with the players and coaching staff because I will be there for at least four years."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com as we will continue to bring you all the breaking news concerning Nick Jones and other top SC high school football and basketball prospects.