Florida QB commit Jalon Jones should rise in rankings, earn a 4-star rating
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Is Jalon Jones' committment going to shut down the staff recruiting other QBs? Do we expect his ratings to rise a little bit due to him getting bigger?
— Cody (@TriangleGator) April 9, 2018
Another popular question this week has been about the 3-star rating for new Florida quarterback commit Jalon Jones and the chances of him earning a fourth star.
Judging by his junior film and list of offers, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already. I definitely expect him to rise in the recruiting rankings during the summer and fall.
Jones is currently ranked the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat QB by 247Sports, No. 10 by ESPN and No. 17 by Rivals. You become a 4-star recruit on 247Sports with rating of 90, and Jones is at 89.
In the 247Sports composite rankings, an industry-generated average of all three recruiting services, Jones is the nation’s No. 10 dual-threat quarterback with an 88.20 rating.
He plays at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, a talent-rich region with some tough competition at the high school level. Last season, Jones led the Panthers to an undefeated record (13-0) and their second consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
Since the end of his junior campaign, Jones has landed offers from Florida, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He also grew a half inch and gained 25 pounds, measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds on his visit last Friday.
Those developments as well as his Florida commitment will boost his recruiting profile, and another successful season at St. Frances Academy should improve his rankings as a senior.
It’s still to be determined whether the Gators will pursue a second quarterback in their 2019 class. If Ohio State QB Joe Burrow becomes an option as a graduate transfer, Florida may not have room for another signal caller.
Regardless, Jones is the guy Gators coach Dan Mullen wanted all along in this cycle — and now he’s on board.
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