Weather kept Grassfield (Chesapeake, VA) senior Patrick Jones II from making his previously scheduled official visit to Virginia Tech the first weekend in October. Fortunately for the Hokies, the 6’5″, 230-pound rescheduled and made it down to Blacksburg this past weekend.
Jones’ official visit began on Saturday and lasted through Sunday. He made the trek with his mother.
“I liked the visit a lot. They definitely made a great impression on me,” Jones wrote in a direct message via Twitter. “My host was Tremaine Edmunds and I felt real comfortable around the players. I really like the (game) atmosphere.”
As it currently stands, Virginia Tech’s defensive end projection (scholarship players only) for the 2016 season includes senior Ken Ekanem, junior Seth Dooley, three red-shirt freshmen (Darius Fullwood, Houshun Gaines and Trevon Hill) and one class of 2016 commitment in Jimmie Taylor IV. Tech could use another defensive end or two in this class, and the coaches made sure Jones realized that.
“The coaches said that I’m a top priority guy and they need me there,” said Jones.
Barring a change of heart, Jones will wait at least a month before making his college commitment. Wherever he chooses to go, the plan is to enroll in January of 2016. He did not name a favorite at this point.
“Something might come around the end of November,” Jones wrote when asked if a decision could come soon. California, Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest are among the other schools he is considering in addition to Virginia Tech.
Prior to last week’s win over Lakeland, Jones had racked up 49 tackles (19 solo) including five sacks in seven games in the 2015 season. Grassfield is 7-1 with tough games against Nansemond River and Oscar Smith remaining. Nansemond River features future Hokie offensive lineman Thomas Jarrett Hopple.
Check out highlights from Jones’ senior season below.