J.J. Jones will cross the North Carolina-South Carolina border to play college ball. On Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver announced his commitment to North Carolina.
Earlier this month, Jones, a dual-sport star at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High, named Georgia, Mississippi State, UNC, South Carolina, and Tennessee his favorite schools. That followed a list that was twice as big two weeks prior (the mentioned five, plus Arkansas, Michigan, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia).
“North Carolina, that’s always been a school that’s high for me, just because they were one of my very first offers and they’re on the rise right now,” Jones said of UNC’s appeal in a recent 247Sports interview. “Recruiting-wise, they’re picking up some of the top recruits in the whole state of North Carolina. They’re doing the whole North Carolina thing. Just the love that they show me is incredible. The fanbase is top-notch. They’re always commenting on my pictures and stuff like that, so the fanbase is crazy. And being able to maybe change the program.”
Lonnie Galloway, UNC’s receivers coach, led the Heels’ courting of Jones.
Jones’s commitment completes UNC’s three-receiver haul for its 2021 recruiting class. He joins a commitment list that already included four-star wideouts Gavin Blackwell and Kobe Paysour. Jones is the 15th prospect overall to pledge to the Heels, forming a class ranked No. 4 in the nation.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Jones is a high-three-star prospect, the nation’s No. 70 wide receiver, and the nation’s No. 436 overall recruit. He’s also ranked the No. 3 prospect in the state of South Carolina.
A year ago, Jones transferred crosstown from Socastee High. In his first season at Myrtle Beach High, he had 40 catches for 654 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Seahawks went undefeated until losing in the Class 4A State Championship game. He also helped Myrtle Beach High’s basketball team reach the Class 4A title game.
His 247Sports scouting report by national analyst Charles Power (who recently upgraded Jones to a four-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings) reads as follows: “Has a developed build with a relatively filled out frame and muscle mass. Has tested as a good athlete and run well at college camps. Productive as a junior in his first season playing for one of the better high school programs in South Carolina. Scored on one out of every three receptions as a junior. Projects as an outside wide receiver. Dangerous after the catch with the ability to rip off long runs on tunnel screens. Capable of making acrobatic catches and beating defensive backs to the ball in-air. Will need to continue improving his ability to separate within the route and consistency with ball skills on a catch to catch basis. Projects as a Power Five starter with the upside to develop into a NFL Draft pick.”