Two of Virginia Tech’s most recent offers went out to state of Virginia prospects. One went to Hermitage (Richmond) quarterback Ju-Ju Clayton. Another has gone out to 6-3, 245-pound Green Run (Virginia Beach) defensive end Joe Jones , who enjoyed a standout senior season after transferring from a high school in Tennessee.
Jones actually attended Green Run his freshman and sophomore years but moved to Tennessee his junior year. He moved back before his senior season, and Green Run first-year head coach Shawn Wilson is happy he did.
“Joe was under the radar because he just moved back from Tennessee,” Wilson said. “I let college coaches know that he was a good player, but they waited until they had game film. He had a great season. He had over 100 tackles. In the two playoff games, he had 23 tackles and five tackles-for-loss. He got everything going for our defense.
“I started here in the spring and I had heard about him. I heard there was a chance he would move back. The previous coaches told me that he was all-district as a sophomore, but I didn’t think about it because I wasn’t sure if he would move back. Once I saw him out there on the field, it was a good sight for me (laughs).”
Moving back and forth was tough for Jones, but he is happy with the results.
“Being [at the high school in Tennessee], I didn’t start until the playoffs,” Jones said. “I got used to it, but we decided to move back up here. It felt real good to get back up here. I think I had a real good year this year. I didn’t do much in the beginning, but then I realized I needed to start playing better. I started playing harder.”
Virginia Tech primary recruiter Curt Newsome extended an official offer to Jones earlier this week. Connecticut has also offered, and Maryland and Tennessee are showing strong interest. Jones will make an official visit to U-Conn this weekend and also has official visits scheduled to Tennessee (01/18), Virginia Tech (01/25) and Maryland.
Coach Wilson’s impression is that Tech and Tennessee are the favorites. Jones confirmed this.
“That is true,” said Jones, who believes Tennessee will offer on the visit. “It is kind of even between them. I really haven’t seen either of them in person.”
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