In an interview with TechSideline.com last month, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) defensive end Jarontay Jones had serious doubts about whether or not he’d be able to make a commitment before the start of next season. This weekend’s unofficial visit to Virginia Tech must have been impressive, because the 6’2″, 245-pound rising senior has verbally committed to the Hokies.
“Yea :-),” Jones wrote via text message, confirming that he had committed to the Hokies.
Jones established himself as one of the most productive defensive players in the state of Georgia in the 2010 season, when he racked up 90 tackles including 24 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. A Class 5A first-team all-state selection at defensive end, Jones drew offers from some of the nation’s top programs, boasting over 30 major FBS scholarship offers in total.
The Peach State standout visited Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt before traveling to Blacksburg this weekend. He had offers from each of those programs.
Virginia Tech now has 12 commitments in its 2012 recruiting class, but Jones is the first defensive line prospect. Six prospects initially project on the defensive side of the ball.
Stay tuned for more on this commitment tomorrow, when we plan to be in touch with the Rivals.com 4-star athlete to discuss this decision and more.