Jalon Jones is a name Tennessee fans that follow recruiting will want to etch into the back of their minds.
The dual-threat quarterback made a trip to Knoxville with his father Friday. Jones wants to stay on the East coast for his college football. He’s still collecting offers but one ACC program and one SEC program have jumped out in front of the pack.
“I do have some schools that are sticking out to me right now — Mississippi State and Virginia Tech,” said Jones, who was offered by Virginia as a freshman. “Real cool with the coaches at Virginia Tech; we’ve had a bunch of conversations. Same with Mississippi State.”
The Volunteers “already have” entered the race as evident by Jones’ making the drive south and working on the relationship with Vols coaches.
First-year Tennessee quarterbacks coach Mike Canales worked with Jones during the Arsenal Camp on Rocky Top.
“They said they like my ability to run and pass and that’s a lot of what they’re looking for here,” said Jones, who may be the Old Line State’s premier signal-caller in the 2019 class.
“I threw the ball pretty well today, so I mean I could work on little things like my footwork a little bit more because that’s one thing that coach said and that’s pretty much it.
“It was great. Coach was great. He had a bunch of things he thought I could work on myself that I’m going to take home and work on later. It’s just a good situation here (at Tennessee). Love the atmosphere with the coaches — nice guys. I feel like they truly care about how you do as a person and as a football player. I’m looking forward to bettering our relationship.”
Expectations are for the rising junior to receive an offer from Tennessee once he is off campus for good this weekend.
“I’m very happy because I would love to play for a school like this for Tennessee,” Jones said.
“It’s a beautiful campus. All this orange and all this brick…I love it.”
The drive down from the Jones’ family’s home in Richmond, Virginia, was 6-7 hours they estimated.
“It’s not bad. It’s just a car,” Jones said.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder plans to “definitely, definitely” return in the fall to watch the Big Orange compete in Neyland Stadium.
In his first season for the Henrico (Va.) High School Warriors after transferring from Varina (Va.) High School, the sophomore Jones threw for 1,765 yards. Jones will suit up for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, this fall.