Jacquez Jones isn’t short on confidence. As of Friday afternoon, he also isn’t short on a college destination.
After being impressed by the tradition of Tennessee and the “vibe” around Big Orange Country, the pass-catcher verbally committed to the Volunteers.
“It’s just that when I went up there, I liked the vibe that was going on up there,” Jones told InsideTennessee. “I like the tradition that goes on up there in the school. The coaches, I felt like the coaches had a good vibe with me. I like the classes that they’re going to have me in in school. I liked ‘The Rock.’ I like that they change ‘The Rock’ and the tradition there. Just a family vibe. You’re playing in the SEC, and you just want to be the best. So I feel like that’s what I want to do.”
The Scout three-star prospect joins KD Nixon as wide receivers pledged to the Vols in the 2017 class. Jones said he chose Tennessee over finalists Indiana, Kentucky and UCF.
“It just felt like Tennessee stuck out more than those schools,” Jones said. “I’m not looking for the big schools, I’m just looking for a team that fits me. I feel like that team fits me.”
Butch Jones and his staff in Knoxville have been on the Clearwater (Fla.) High School standout for 18-19 weeks, starting from the end of Jacquez Jones’ junior season.
“They were just really shocked,” Jones said. “They were really happy. I just got off the phone with them. I’m about to get on the phone with coach Butch Jones in a few minutes.”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder provided Big Orange Country with an idea as to what’s coming to Knoxville.
“I bring intensity,” Jones said. “I bring that dog. I bring the dog out of everyone who goes against me. I look through the defense’s soul. I’m a DB’s soul-killer. I watch them. I study them. I watch them. Every move that they make, I’m on them, so I’m like viper when I strike.”
The Sunshine State talent doesn’t know the Team 120 roster well and has no friendships on the team yet but a March visit to Rocky Top started some icebreaking.
“I really don’t know anyone,” the three-star said. “I don’t know the players like that. I’ve met the players, but I don’t really know them too much. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of them.”
Jones didn’t mention summer visit plans but said he will take official visits in the fall. He does not plan to enroll in college in January.
“I plan to be with my family as much as I can before I do all of that,” he said.