Could JJ Jones Return Home?

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — In college athletics, there really are no rules any longer. Players are tampered with and the NCAA does nothing about it in virtually every case. It’s the wild, wild west, and programs know that they can get away with almost anything in terms of trying to poach players from other teams.

Neal Brown has seemingly done everything he can to play by the rules and be ethical in his approach to the transfer portal. With that said, there are players that make a lot of sense for West Virginia to reach out to in an attempt to make them future Mountaineers. Yesterday, West Virginia beat the North Carolina Tar Heels and one player really caught my eye as a potential player that the Mountaineers should do everything in their power to acquire.

JJ Jones, a former four star wide receiver from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was heavily recruited by the West Virginia coaching staff a few years ago but ultimately decided to play for the Tar Heels. This past season, he was perhaps North Carolina’s top wide receiver, finishing the year with 46 receptions, 711 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and 3 touchdowns. In the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, he had 4 catches for 53 yards and a remarkable touchdown reception.

After the game,  Jones and West Virginia starting quarterback Garrett Greene were seen in a long embrace and whispering in each other’s ears. Although it could have simply been congratulating each other or wishing each other well, some have speculated that Greene was doing some early recruiting to bring Jones to West Virginia.

Jones’ father Jon Jones played for the Mountaineers from 1990-1993, and rushed 251 times for 1,385 yards and 11 touchdowns during his collegiate career at West Virginia. Following the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, JJ Jones posted the image of him as a child dressed in a West Virginia uniform with the caption, “Definitely a moment my family and I won’t forget”, which led to even more speculation that he could be considering playing for the Mountaineers in the future.

Again, this is all spectulation at this time, but West Virginia desperately needs a #1 receiver like Jones and Jones returning home to finish out his career at his father’s alma mater makes an awful lot of sense for both parties.