National Signing Day is just 10 days away, and Tennessee commit Jacquez Jones has never been more confident in his decision to become a Vol after spending the weekend officially visiting Rocky Top.
“I’m strongly committed to the University of Tennessee — 110 percent committed," Jones said Sunday. "It was a really great trip this week.”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver out of Clearwater (Fla.) High School enjoyed the weekend bonding with his soon-to-be Vol family, connecting with both future teammates as well as coaches.
“I saw (Tennessee freshman linebacker) Shanon Reid this weekend,” the Sunshine State native said. “(I met offensive lineman) Trey Smith, I met all the other commits. Great, energetic guys, and we’re just looking to make a big impact. It was really amazing to touch base with the guys I’m going to be with for the next three or four years, and we can create a bond.
“It was amazing, just to talk with (the coaches) all the time. I talked to (coach) Butch Jones most of the time, (wide receivers) coach Zach Azzanni, (offensive coordinator) Larry Scott. I’m real familiar with those guys, so it was really fun.”
And after being recruited by Scott, the weekend’s announcement of Scott’s promotion to running the offense after being tight ends coach was yet another bonus for the Scout three-star wide receiver prospect.
“I really loved that because he was the one that recruited me. So that was really good,” Jacquez Jones said.
The No. 19 receiver in the state of Florida spent valuable time with Vols’ coaching staff, discussing expectations as well as his potential that lies ahead.
According to the commit, their message over the weekend was about “coming here prepared to compete, and just make your own opportunity when you get here. Your resources, you’ve got to take advantage of them. That was one thing they were telling me, take advantage of your resources.”
When asked about the position that has caught his eye the most within the Vols’ offense, the South’s No. 53-ranked receiver said he’s mostly been paid attention to Tyler Byrd and Josh Smith playing the slot.
“The slots, that’s what I’m really watching. Outside also, you know, but pretty much the inside,” Jones said.
Over the last several days, Jones not only had the chance to connect with coaches and commits, but also to do a little recruiting himself. He targeted Scout four-star and current Auburn commit Devan Barrett.
“We’re from the same area in Florida,” Jones said. “Me and (Barrett) are 10 minutes away from each other, so I’m trying to recruit him to come here so that we can be a dynasty.
“We spent our time mostly with each other, so me and him are familiar.”
Though Jones is a “solid” Tennessee commit, he does intend on taking an official visit to UCF this coming weekend.
“I’m just going to take a UCF visit next weekend because I owed it to myself," Jones said. "I’m still committed to Tennessee. Nothing’s going to change, I’m just going to take the visit just to take it.”
Last weekend, he took a trip to USF, but with no intention of changing his mind.
“With that situation, I was just taking a visit (to USF) because my friend was, so he needed somebody to go along. So that’s the only reason why I took it.”