Jones Visits GT; TN Visit in Question

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Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) star Joe Jones did make an official visit this past weekend, but it wasn’t to any of the programs previously involved in his recruitment. Georgia Tech, which seriously entered this race about a week ago, hosted the 6-3, 245-pound standout defensive end. How did the experience go?

“I think Atlanta was nice. I had a lot of fun,” said Jones, who received a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech over the weekend. “It was different because it is in a city. It was a little different, but nice. I think the coaches are real cool. I talked to a lot of them, really. The head coach, Coach Johnson, was nice. I talked to him. He was telling me I could come in and if I do real good then I could come in playing behind Mike Johnson.”

Johnson, a junior defensive end, was Jones’ host throughout the weekend. Jones enjoyed his time with Johnson and other Yellow Jacket players.

“They were real cool,” Jones said. “I hung out with quite a few of them. Most of them were real cool.”

Including an official visit to Connecticut in December, Jones has now taken two official visits total. Only one of those two schools remains seriously in the running.

“I think Georgia Tech is in there, but I don’t know about Connecticut,” Jones said. “I want to play down South.”

Jones’s next official visit destination is unknown at this point. He had originally planned to head to Knoxville to visit the University of Tennessee this coming weekend, but those plans may change.

“Honestly, I don’t know if I will go to Tennessee this weekend,” Jones said. “I haven’t talked to them in a while. If I don’t go there, mostly likely I’ll just go to Virginia Tech (which was previously scheduled for the weekend of the 25th). I think after that I’ll probably just go to Maryland. That visit is set for the first weekend in February.”

This week, the first-team all-Tidewater performer expects to receive in-home visits from Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, Georgia Tech assistant coach Brian Jean-Mary and Connecticut assistant coach Hank Hughes. He is not feeling any pressure to make a decision at this time, as he says “nobody has really given me a deadline or anything like that.”

At this point, Jones expects

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