— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) January 7, 2016
Jones also tweeted out “Thank you #VolNation,” seemingly confirming the report that he’s on his way out. Originally a four-star prospect committed to Florida in the 2015 class, Jones opened up his recruitment following the firing of former Gators coach Will Muschamp. He eventually signed with the Vols despite two other then-four star quarterbacks, Jauan Jennings and Quinten Dormady, being in the class.
Jennings has since moved to wide receiver. Dormady, who arrived in the spring of 2015, won the backup job outright in fall camp, leaving Jones as a redshirt this past season. Tennessee also added a commitment from top 2016 dual-threat quarterback Jarrett Guarantano during the past year, making Jones’ path to playing time even more difficult. Jones, a native of Moreno Valley, Calif., will sit out the 2016 season per NCAA transfer rules and should eligible in 2017.
He will likely battle with rising sophomore quarterback Cade Apsay, among others, for playing time for Colorado.