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Competition awaits Emory Jones
ORLANDO, Fla. — The high school football career of Emory Jones came to an end Thursday with the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game.
The Florida quarterback signee now moves on to college. Jones will arrive in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday for early enrollment at UF.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Jones said. “But I know what I’m getting myself into. I have to go in and do what I have to do.”
The nation’s No. 4-ranked dual-threat quarterback will compete for the starting job in spring practice and fall camp. Jones said current players on the team are anticipating his arrival — including the quarterbacks.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” Jones said. “I’ve talked to a couple offensive linemen and a couple players. … I’m in a group chat with all the quarterbacks now. They were saying they can’t wait for me to get up there and compete with them.”
That speaks volumes about Florida’s quarterbacks. The addition of Jones means more competition for them and a harder path to playing time, but they aren’t bothered or threatened by his enrollment.
Quite the opposite.
“It’s a good welcoming,” Jones said. “They’re the type of guys that want to compete. That’s what I have to go in and do. … When I get there I’m going to work on the mental part of the game first and try to get all this stuff down.”
Welcome brotha! Be ready to work @eXjones6
— Jake Allen (@JakeAllen_14) December 20, 2017
In addition to the group chat, Florida QB Jake Allen welcomed Jones on Twitter after he committed. Gators coach Dan Mullen thinks Jones could start in 2018, but also recognizes he has a few names to pass on the depth chart.
“It’s hard to say you’re going to come in to be a true freshman and be the guy in the Southeastern Conference,” Mullen said after the early signing period. “I think the opportunity for him graduating early and going through spring practice will give him a chance, but I’ll be honest with you, there are a couple quarterbacks on campus that are going to have something to say about that because they’re going to have a competitive edge to them, as well. But I think that that mindset, the competitiveness at the position is certainly going to elevate the play of all of the quarterbacks.”
Jaquaze Sorrells talks de-commitment
The Gators lost a pledge this week from 4-star defensive end Jaquaze Sorrells, who is a top-100 overall prospect for the Class of 2019.
The decision was expected after Florida lost former defenisve line coach Chris Rumph, who primary recruited Sorrells. Despite his de-commitment, he is still considering the Gators and will be a top target for Mullen in the next cycle.
In the video interview below, Sorrells discusses re-opening his recruitment, where UF stands now and other schools in the mix. Florida’s 2019 class is now down to seven commits, but still ranks No. 4 nationally in the 247Sports Composite.