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UNC football recruiting: OT Avery Jones commits to North Carolina

North Carolina got a big time commitment here

We’re just days away from the start of the NCAA Tournament, and it’s the football team that is making news today. 2018 offensive tackle Avery Jones announced his committed to the University of North Carolina on Twitter last night. The four-star talent chose UNC over other ACC schools like Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He also saw interest from Maryland, Missouri, East Carolina, and Vanderbilt before making his decision.

Offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic was instrumental in recruiting Jones. UNC was one of the first teams to jump on him when they offered him in February of 2016. He attended Junior Day this January and took an unofficial visit to campus earlier in the month before announcing his commitment.

The six-foot-four, 270-pound tackle is the 17th best offensive tackle in his draft class. As a native of Havelock, North Carolina—which is less than a three-hour drive to Chapel Hill—he is the ninth-best player from the state. Overall, he ranks as the no. 198 player for 2018.

This represents a big get for the Tar Heels as Jones is considered an incredible athlete, despite his size. His aggressiveness and explosive style of play more than make up for what he lacks in technique. UNC is likely hoping to get him on campus next year so they can help to hone his natural abilities. Many scouts believe that Jones has the potential to develop into a very special kind of player.