Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) rising senior Jarontay Jones almost
left Virginia Tech without making a verbal commitment. Almost.
“We were on the steps coming out,” Jones recalled. “I thought,
man, I’ve got to turn around. The first person I saw was Coach Foster and I told
him I wanted to commit. He was excited. He was happy. Right after I told him,
Coach [Frank] Beamer went around the corner.”
Jones, making what was his first ever visit to Virginia Tech, arrived in
Blacksburg on Friday before leaving for home on Saturday afternoon. The
6’2″, 240-pound defensive end prospect spoke with several Stephenson coaches, including assistant
coach Corey Johnson and head coach Ron Gartrell, as well as his mother before
deciding to commit.
“Everybody told me if I thought it was great to do it,” Jones said. “At first I wasn’t
going to do it because I wanted to wait for my mom to be there with me. We were about to leave, but I had to turn around and commit.
“Virginia Tech was great. Everything about it was great. I went
everywhere. I met with the coaches, players, former players, and I saw the
facilities. The Virginia Tech coaching staff has been there for a long time.
They definitely have experience. Year after year, they keep winning 10 games.
Seeing what they’ve done from 1994 to 2010 or whatever, I want to be part of
LSU and North Carolina were also high on Jones’ list before this past
weekend. Especially LSU, a school the standout defensive end says “wasn’t
far behind Virginia Tech.”
Asked if he planned to take a visit to LSU or any other school now that he
has committed, Jones said, “I don’t know. I might be done with
Jones would like to get back to Blacksburg with his mother, saying they may
visit later this summer. For now, “I’m focused on finishing high school
strong,” he said.
Over 30 major FBS programs offered Jones, who also visited Auburn, Florida,
Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. A Class 5A first-team
all-state selection as a junior, Jones is a talented, focused, and dedicated
player according to assistant Corey Johnson.
“He brings his lunch pail every day,” Johnson said of Jones.
“He works hard every day. He is the first one in drills and the last one to
leave the field. He’s a high-energy kid. Having
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