He might be a preferred walk-on, but Orlando Jones has a chance to make an early impact at Virginia Tech.
Jones, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back from Fredericksburg, VA, announced his commitment to Virginia Tech last month.
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Jones will be a preferred walk-on at Virginia Tech. Jones had a couple of offers from smaller schools, but instead decided to head to Blacksburg.
“I feel like I’m in a position where I can get a scholarship within the time I’m going to be there,” Jones said.
Jones said the academics at Virginia Tech, as well as an opportunity to play early, intrigued him.
“One of the biggest reasons was the way they can get players out of college at a high percentage. It’s more college than football,” Jones said.
Jones just wrapped up his senior season at Riverbend High School. He rushed for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns, and said he felt quicker this season.
“I just felt more prepared for this year than last year,” Jones said. “I feel like I put the team on my back when I had to.”
Jones was named to the all-conference team in his area, along with C.D. Hylton’s Ricky Slade and teammate Tyjuan Garbutt, both of whom are Virginia Tech targets.
Jones and Garbutt are more than just teammates. The two are best friends, and have been since the sixth grade. The two played on opposite teams as kids, but have been on the same team throughout their high school careers.
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