Highly-touted quarterback Jalon Jones has been firm in his commitment since his April decision to pledge to the Gators. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect will be in Gainesville (Fla.) this weekend for his official visit before he signs on December 19.
Jones talks about why he’s excited to come back to his future home.
“Just coming back and you know, just being back in The Swamp is big. Shoot, it’s been about two months since I’ve been down there so I’m just excited to go back and I don’t have to pay for anything,” laughed Jones.
This is great news for the Gators, as Jones has been one of Florida’s best recruiters throughout the proces. Florida will be hosting 15 official visitors and Jones plans to make a pitch to all of them. The Richmond (Va.) Henrico prospect discusses his message to guys thinking about joining the Gators.
“I’ve been talking to most of these guys since June, you know. So, I’m just still steady telling them ‘hey, y’all been coming here since June, no reason to beat around the bush so make that move and stop playing. Signing day is in two weeks so might as well just get on board now.”
When Dan Mullen first arrived on campus, there was probably some skepticism from top targets wondering if Mullen would be able to turn around this program in year one. Boasting a 9-3 record and a No. 10 ranking in the College Football Playoff Poll, Mullen certainly checked that box.
Jones talks about how he believes Mullen has restored a faith in Florida football in these prospects.
“Oh yeah, of course. I mean there’s guys that believe in coaches and they commit because they believe in the coaching staff and know what they’re capable of. There’re some guys who commit because they believe in the staff but don’t put their money where their mouth is, and they wait to see the results. Now, that they have put forth the results, they’re seeing that No. 10 ranking and Florida playing in a New Year Six bowl. The season we had definitely bring some guys on board.”
Florida surprised many around the college football landscape with his impressive first year, but that wasn’t a surprise to Jones.
“I knew exactly how he’d perform at Florida the day he arrived last November. This is no surprise to me at all.”
One of those highly-coveted prospects still on the board is five-star cornerback Chris Steele. Steele has received visits from the coaching staff over the last two weeks and remains interested in the Gators.
Though he plays on the opposite side of the ball, Jones has been doing his part to help lure the west coast target.
Jones shared his thoughts and his message to Steele.
“Chris Steele, he’s been to Florida a bunch of times. They know pretty much what Florida is all about. It’s just now persuading them even more as signing day approaches. Y’all are going to see on signing day. We have a bunch of tricks up our sleeves.”
Jones wouldn’t release any information about the surprises, but he told Inside the Gators to keep their eyes peeled and just wait and see.