Emory Jones took another look at what Tennessee has to offer, making his way to Rocky Top with family members on Thursday.
“I just came up just for a camp,” Jones said. “I wanted to get back up, see the place again, talk to the coaches, just get more knowledge here.”
The Heard County (Ga.) High School junior quarterback and Scout No. 7-rated field general in the 2018 class echoed what several other prospects have said over the years about the program in Knoxville since Butch Jones and his staff arrived.
“For the most part, it’s the people here,” Jones said. “I love all the people here. They genuinely care for me and love me. So, they’re just…that sticks out to me.”
Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and quality control coach Nick Sheridan spent a majority of their Thursday outside of the camp speaking with the four-star prospect and his family.
“I have a great connection with them,” Jones said. “We talk a lot. We have a great connection. We just know a lot of people from my hometown. We just have a great connection.”
Offensive philosophy and worry about the program’s direction turned five-star junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence off of Tennessee and onto Clemson and Georgia. Jones doesn’t appear to feel the same way.
“I think I fit in here (at Tennessee) real good,” Jones said. “I love the offense that they run. Coach DeBord, he can make me an NFL quarterback. He can make me a great quarterback and a smart quarterback. I know he can just train me and teach me to be the best quarterback and person I can be.”
After time on Rocky Top, the signal-caller climbed onto an airplane and flew further north for another visit to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the Vols’ top competition for Jones.
“I only went up there one time. I just wanted to get back up there and see it again,” the 6-foot-3, 177-pounder said.
“I’m really just trying to think about what can get me further in life.”
A declaration could be in the not-too-distant future.
“It’s not like a set date, just whenever I feel like it’s the right time,” said Jones, who could make a decision before his junior season gets started in Franklin, Georgia.