Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Joe Jones picked up an official offer from the University of Tennessee recently, adding to the offers he had already received from three other Division 1A programs – Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia Tech. The first-team all-Tidewater selection has set two official visits for the month of January and will likely make a college choice in late January.
“I’ve got Tennessee on the 18th and Virginia Tech on the 25th,” said Jones, a 6-3, 245-pound prospect. “That’s it so far. I’ll probably take one more visit, but nothing is set.”
Connecticut and Maryland are the schools being considered for the third official visit spot, but those two programs are currently on the outside looking in with Tennessee and Virginia Tech being the favorites. Primary recruiters from both favorites have made in-home visits.
“I had an in-home visit from Coach Slade from Tennessee and Coach Newsome from Virginia Tech,” Jones said. “Both were real cool.”
Jones has never visited either of his two favorites, so he is really looking forward to the official visits.
“I’m going to look at the football program, how they run their defensive schemes and how I fit,” Jones said. “Playing time is a factor, but if I have to red-shirt then that is not a big deal.”
Also a first-team all-Beach district selection, Jones, who tallied 96 tackles including 28 tackles-for-loss, led the way in Green Run’s outstanding 2007 season. Green Run finished the year at 10-2, and Jones is proud to represent his school as he heads to a Division 1A football program.
“It feels real good because we weren’t that good a few years ago,” Jones said. “I knew we would be good this year, but I didn’t think we would be that good.”
Jones has not been able to get to know Coach Frank Beamer too well just yet, but he is looking forward to doing so in the month of January.
“With Virginia Tech, I hear a lot about Coach Beamer and how cool he is,” Jones said.
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