(Story updated at 5:30 PM Eastern)
Tennessee had one player put their name in the transfer portal this week, and now it looks like they’re adding a player to their roster from the transfer portal.
According to VR2, our recruiting partners here at RTI, Tennessee has added Nebraska wide receiver Miles Jones as a transfer. Jones, a former three-star athlete out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, put his name in the NCAA transfer portal in October and took a visit to UT’s campus for their regular season finale on November 30th. He also visited South Carolina and Florida State.
— Miles Jones (@msj_era1) December 1, 2019
Per the report from VR2, they were able to confirm with Jones’ mother that Jones has transferred to UT. Jones’ personal Twitter account has a bio that reads “WR @ The University of Tennessee.”
Jones was part of Nebraska’s 2018 signing class and chose the Huskers over offers from teams like Mississippi State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, and others. Originally, Jones was committed to Vanderbilt but flipped to Nebraska after the Cornhuskers hired Scott Frost as head coach. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound receiver appeared in one game in 2018 for Nebraska, catching one pass for 21 yards and gaining five yards on a rush. He suffered a season-ending injury that year and redshirted. Jones appeared in four games for Nebraska in 2019, though he failed to record any stats.
Right now, it’s not expected that Jones will be eligible for the upcoming 2020 season and will have to sit out a year. According to Jones himself, he will apply for an immediate eligibility waiver to play as a redshirt sophomore this season. Time will tell if the NCAA grants it to him, though. Jones will be a walk-on for the Vols initially.
In high school, Jones played for American Heritage down in Ft. Lauderdale and was an all-purpose back. His head coach was former NFL All-Pro defensive back Patrick Surtain. As a senior, Jones led the team in kick-off return yards (458), punt return yards (276), and all-purpose yards (1,830). He totaled 695 rushing yards and 401 receiving yards and totaled 14 offensive touchdowns. Jones also returned two kick-offs for scores.
Per the 247Sports Composite rankings, Jones was the No. 576 overall prospect and No. 44 athlete in the 2018 class. He was rated as high as a four-star by Rivals, earning a 5.8 rating and coming in as the No. 17 athlete in the 2018 cycle.
Tennessee is losing three senior receivers from their roster this offseason with the graduations of Jauan Jennings, Marquez Callaway, and Tyler Byrd. The Vols will lose seniors Josh Palmer and Brandon Johnson after next season as well.