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Offer No. 1 comes for Virginia wideout

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Offer No. 1 is in for Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith wide receiver Zack Jones. The 6-foot-0, 178-pounder exploded on the scene as a junior this fall and pulled the scholarship following a state championship victory on Saturday.
"I got an offer from Virginia right after the game when I was in the locker room," he said. "I talked to my brother (Perry Jones) and he had told me about it. Coach London called him."
For Jones, the offer is big.
"It meant a lot just from being up there and seeing everything," he said. "I stayed with my brother a couple times.
"I means more coming from Virginia because my brother goes there. I've been up so many times and it felt good there."
Of course, Jones isn't his brother, but he is fond of the Cavaliers.
"I just feel like it's a good school and a good place to live," he said. "I think I'd fit in quite comfortably there."
The question remains, does Virginia lead especially with the ties relating to his brother?
"I don't really like to compare my brother and I, I'm just glad I got the offer, it feels so good."
After a bit of a shaky start, Jones finished the year strong earning all-Tidewater honors.
"Having sat out a year coming back, I was trying to get my confidence up," he said. "By the end of the year I was performing to the best of my abilities.
"I was comfortable on the field by the end of the year and was getting used to everything."
Of course, Oscar Smith just came home with the title on Saturday and he reflected on that too.
"That's the best thing that has ever happened to me," he said. "It felt good to win it and coming in my junior year, knowing that we went to the finals last year and lost, coming back and making coach proud means a lot."
On the recruiting front, Virginia isn't the only school looking at Jones as Alabama, Nebraska and Marshall have checked him out as well.
Does he like anybody?
"I'm open," he said. "I've only been to Virginia. I want a chance to visit other schools. I don't have a plan on where I'm going yet."
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