Jacquez Jones doesn’t like to talk to reporters.
“I’m just doing this so I won’t get fined,” he said laughing, doing his best impersonation of former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Thankfully, he was only kidding.
The gregarious 3-star wide receiver from Clearwater, Fla., is a bit of a jokester, but Jones said he’s all business when he’s on the field.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound wideout scored 13 touchdowns as a junior at Clearwater High and committed to Tennessee in May.
He fell for UT almost immediately, drawn in by the staff’s genuineness and the program’s family atmosphere.
“I love Coach (Butch) Jones. He’s an amazing guy,” Jones said.
“We text almost everyday. I wouldn’t want to play for nobody else but Butch Jones. And I mean, we already share the same last name.”
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Five things to know:
1. He has shut down his recruitment: “I pinned it down. I’m going to Tennessee. That’s it.”
2. He’s already got a specific role in mind: “I told the coaches I want to be in the (former Tennessee wideout) Pig Howard role. No matter what. I want to be in that role, no matter what it takes.”
3. He thinks he’ll thrive in Tennessee’s spread offense: “I love their quick game. Their screen (packages), the jet-sweeps, the motions, it’s just everything that fits my style of play.”
4. He refuses to fall short of his goals this season: “I want 1,000 yards this year. I missed it by 30 yards last season, and that kind of pissed me off. I want it.”
5. He’s ready to see Rocky Top and the Great Smoky Mountains: “I’m ready to leave the state of Florida. I’m really tired of seeing Florida to be honest. I’ve been here all my life. I want to see something different. I knew like if I was going to college I was going to go to college out of state. I told myself, ‘I’m not staying in Florida no longer.’”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com