Vols Offer Dynamic 2019 Quarterback

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    Tennessee will need to add at least one quarterback in their 2019 class. Jeremy Pruitt and his staff will be looking to add depth and possibly the Vols’ quarterback of the future in this class. They’ve already sent out offers to several QBs in the class, and they just offered an extremely intriguing and dynamic quarterback this week.

    Jalon Jones is a fast-rising quarterback from Baltimore, Maryland, and he picked up an offer from the Vols on Tuesday.

    Jones was once committed to Mississippi State because of head coach Dan Mullen. But once it looked like Mullen was no longer going to stay with the Bulldogs, Jones decommitted on November 27th. Mullen and his new school, Florida, offered Jones on December 11th. Jones also holds offers from Alabama, UCLA, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, and others.

    Right now, Jones is just a three-star and is rated as the No. 432 overall player and No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. But his highlight film displays a skill set of a more polished, higher-rated QB.

    Jones plays for St. Francis Academy, one of the top high schools in the country. He helped lead them to an undefeated season and GEICO National Championship last year. His film shows off his incredible play-making ability. Jones has a quick release and can throw darts down the field. He’s accurate and has excellent footwork. He’s not the fastest dual-threat quarterback out there, but he isn’t slow by any means, and he uses that mobility to extend plays and draw defenders to him and away from his receivers. He can tuck and run if needed as well.

    At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Jones already has the frame you want for a quarterback at the next level. He could use to add more weight, but that will come with time. Right now, he’s built fairly similar to how Josh Dobbs was coming out of high school. And his play does remind me of Dobbs’ high school tape a little as well. The biggest difference between the two is that Jones’ throwing motion is much more compact and quicker than Dobbs’ was in high school.

    Tennessee needs a quarterback who can create plays on his own and also deliver precise passes to his receivers. Jones can do that in high school, and he could be a big addition in the 2019 class if the Vols can get his commitment.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.