The recruiting game in college athletics is often a fickle endeavor, and that's probably putting it mildly. Monday night, 2014 offensive lineman Tyler Jones, who verballed to Mississippi State back on June 24th, changed his mind, and committed to the school he says was all along his preferred program: N.C. State.
Jones, who was in Raleigh this past weekend to watch the Wolfpack take on Central Michigan, plays his high school ball at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson High School.
From the looks of things, the three-star guard appears to be a good get for Dave Doeren's staff. The 247Sports Composite has Jones rated as the No. 35 guard in his class, and the No. 59 recruit in Georgia - a state known for its deep pool of football talent, especially in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
The offensive line recruit, who plays on the defensive side of the ball for Stephenson as well, stands at 6-3, and weighs 287 pounds. This past spring at a Nike combine, he posted a 5.78 40-yard dash time, a 25-inch vertical leap, and a 36-foot power throw.
The offer list for Jones is impressive, too: he received offers from 13 different schools, including Ohio State - where former UNC coach Everett Withers was leading his recruitment - and Michigan State. Several other ACC schools extended offers to Jones: UNC, Boston College and Wake Forest.
Here is some recent highlight footage of Jones in action.