Athletic Norcross wide receiver Tamir Jones announced earlier this evening his commitment to Georgia State. The 2017 prospect made his commitment official when he Tweeted:
Blessed to be a Panther!! Can’t wait to start working! pic.twitter.com/pqZTiPsGOD
— Tamir (@_TLJ7) October 27, 2016
The speedy Norcross wide receiver was first offered by the Panthers on June 21 and their persistence paid of in the end. We caught up with Tamir and talked about what made Georgia State feel like the right place.
“I felt at home at Georgia State. The coaches showed me a lot of love and it felt like I was back at Norcross. They run a spread offense which I can transverse to from Norcross, since it’s the same offense down there.”
Jones is a really athletic player for Norcross and they use him in various route trees, including bubble screens. So, it was no surprise to hear that his interest peaked with the potential to play in their wide-open offensive attack, which is perfect for his skill set.
At 6′, and 187-pounds, Jones already has good size plus he runs a reported sub 4.4 40 time. One characteristic that stands out on film is his ability to take on contact head on. The senior is a really tough player and his physical nature plus athletic upside makes him a very intriguing prospect.
The college recruiting process has a lot of twists and turns; for Jones, he was no exception. Playing close to home was never a deciding factor for him, but in time that changed.
“Being able to play football close to home is not something I paid attention to early, but after a couple months, I see how important that can be for me. As I can enjoy playing ball but also have my family near me.”
Norcross is one of the last remaining unbeaten teams in the state and is currently riding high at #4 in the Recruit Georgia ratings. They are a very balanced team with a lot of upside and our darkhorse pick to win the state championship, but in order to do so, they will rely on talented seniors like Jones to make plays.
Jones is the 11th commitment for Georgia State in the class of 17 and the 8th player from the Peach State.