Florida significantly increased their receiving corps during the 2018 off-season adding blue-chip prospects in their recruiting class and reeling in talented transfers.
They're aiming to do the same in their 2019 recruiting class and three-star wide receiver TJ Jones (Lake City, Fla.) is high on the Gators and the feeling seems mutual.
On Saturday, Jones made an unofficial visit to The Swamp to get a firsthand look at the Gators revamped offense. Jones discussed what he saw from Dan Mullen’s offense against Charleston Southern.
“It impressed me," said Jones. "It’s nice to get back down to Florida and see the game. They ran the ball more than throwing, but whatever they see they gone do. It was a pretty easy game for them though.”
The most noticeable difference between this year's offense and the offenses over the previous nine seasons was the pace of play. Florida strayed away from huddling and pushed the tempo on the offensive side of the ball, something Florida fans were relieved to see, including Jones.
“I liked the speed of the game. At my school we run a hurry-up offense so it’s nothing I won’t be used to. I like the hurry-up offense.”
Jones constantly talks to receiver's coach Billy Gonzalez and he had the opportunity to speak with the coach after the game. He mentioned the coach was happy to see him in The Swamp for a game and to keep in touch.
At 6-foot-1, Jones can play inside or outside in this Gators offense. The coaches are telling the Columbia High School product he has the versatility to see snaps at both positions.
“He [coach Gonzalez] said I’ll play on the outside and the inside because I have the versatility to do so.”
Jones mentioned he doesn’t have any visits scheduled for the near future, but said he’s going to come back down for the LSU game in October.
Jones has made the short 45-minute drive to The Swamp several times within the last 60 days or so. When asked if a commitment was on the horizon, he noted he’ll be making a decision on national signing day.
Florida remains on Jones’ board and certainly the Gators would like to land this talented local receiver.