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‘Chills’ from The Swamp lead QB Jalon Jones to commit to Florida

Jalon Jones

The Florida Gators added a significant piece to their 2019 recruiting class over the weekend, securing a pledge from three-star, duel-threat quarterback Jalon Jones.

“On the ride back up to Richmond from Gainesville me and my dad just talked about things for the whole ride,” Jones told GN regarding his decision to commit to Florida. “When we got home I talked to my mom and my sister as well about the decision me and my dad had been talking about.

“Everyone was on board and they told me that if this feels like the right fit for you, then why wait, just go ahead and do it.”

Jones was impressed with Gainesville, including The Swamp.

“It was great and I know when I walked out onto that field and into that stadium, it was just amazing,” Jones said. “I got chills walking out into ‘The Swamp’ without anybody even being there. I’m really excited to witness it when that stadium is full of fans.”

Jones, (6-feet-3, 180 pounds) from Baltimore St. Francis Academy, is among the top-10 duel-threat quarterbacks in the country.

Jones chose Florida over offers from Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others.

Jones enjoyed seeing Dan Mullen and his staff again because he knew them from their time at Mississippi State.

“It’s been great and it was like a reunion seeing them all again because I hadn’t seen them since November. I just had a great conversation with the whole coaching staff, so it was good.”

Jones was not really considering Florida until Mullen arrived.

“The old coaching staff at Florida had sent me some mail and things like that, but I never got an offer from them so I wasn’t considering Florida all that much.”

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What type of player are the Gators getting in Jones?

“Some of the strengths of my game are my leadership and my competiveness,” Jones said. “Those are some of the biggest strengths that I feel I have. I know how to rally guys and make them want to run through a brick wall and let’s do anything we can to win.

“I also feel I have a very good arm and can move the pocket with my legs and extend plays with my athleticism. If need be I can take off and run, but I really like to rely on my arm the most.

“They say I’m duel-threat because I’m pretty athletic, but I like to consider myself a pocket-passer.

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