He may only be a 2019 prospect but Jalon Jones is one to watch. The Richmond native is starting his first year as quarterback for Varina High School this fall, however, he has already piqued the interest of one college program. Virginia offered the 6-foot-2 signal caller this summer.
"Honestly I was in shock because I honestly just started playing quarterback last year," said Jones. "I was shocked that they liked my talent enough to offer me. Actually the next day I woke up, and I didn't believe I had the offer."
You can say Jones comes from an athletic family. His father, Mike, played linebacker and was a team captain for Colorado, his mother was an Olympic athlete, and his sister is committed to play basketball at North Carolina.
"It's extremely hard because you have to live up to all the hype of your parents and your siblings," said Jones of his family expectations. "You have to work. It's very hard."
The pressure is definitely hard to juggle, however, that same pressure helps the freshma remain humble.
"[My family keeps me] mostly level headed and grounded," he said. "They told me that what they give, they can also take it away. Nothing is a sure thing until you sign, so you have to keep working everyday to get better and improve yourself."
With Jones starting his freshman year this fall, football recruiting is far from his mind as a priority. However, after picking up an offer from the Wahoos over the summer, Jones decided he wanted to see the Cavaliers up close and personal.
"It was very fun," Jones said after his Saturday visit to Virginia. "It was very informative."
While on Grounds, Jones not only was able to see the facilities, he was able to receive an inside look at how practice is run at the next level and what is expected from the student athletes.
"They want the players not only to be great athletes, but they want them to be better students," he said. "They are all so passionate about their plan for football and making the team better. They all want to win.
"It was an interesting experience, that was my first real taste of a college practice, and it was interesting to see how hard everyone was going."
Jones will be back in Charlottesville to see UVa face off against Notre Dame in its home opener, and he is still trying to figure out which other Virginia home games he will attend. But recruiting is far from his mind because the season has begun for Varina, and he has his priorities straight.
"Last season it was our worst season in the past 20 years," he said."I just want to get back to the tradition of winning and going far in the playoffs.
"I want to be more of a vocal leader. I'm more of a quiet, lead by example leader, but my coach tells me I have to get more vocal with it."
Jones and Varina will open up their season against Norcom on Friday night.