Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Joe Jones has had a change of plans and will make an official visit to Virginia Tech this coming weekend. After speaking with coaches from the University of Tennessee, the 6-3, 245-pound first-team all-Tidewater selection decided to postpone the previously planned official visit to Knoxville and moved up the trip to Virginia Tech by a week.
“I’m going to Virginia Tech this weekend,” Jones said.
“Earlier this week I talked to a Tennessee coach and set the visit and everything. I called them back [yesterday]. They said they weren’t going to be able to offer me until next week, so I said I might as well take the visit next weekend then or not take it at all.”
Jones has already taken official visits to Connecticut and Georgia Tech, but he said earlier this week that he is no longer seriously considering the Huskies. He did not rule out the possibility of making a commitment after this weekend’s official visit, but for now he would like to make more official visits.
“I think I’ll probably make one or two more visits before I decide,” said Jones, who is considering officials to Maryland and Tennessee. Maryland has offered.
Jones, who will be accompanied by his mother, plans to arrive in Blacksburg on Friday night or early Saturday morning. This will be his first ever experience at Virginia Tech.
“I want to see the academics and just check out the players and see how they act,” Jones said. “I want to see how it is down there.”
Tech head coach Frank Beamer visited with Jones this week. While Tech does not have many scholarship spots left available in the 2008 recruiting class, Coach Beamer did not press for a commitment during the visit.
“Coach Beamer was just talking about everything Virginia Tech had to offer,” Jones said. “The scholarship situation didn’t come up at all.”
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are the current co-favorites for Jones, who racked up 96 tackles with 28 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks in his senior season.
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