Wide receiver Tony Jones Jr. received his first SEC offer this week, and it was a big one.
“I was very pleased because growing up, Tennessee was one of my top schools that I wanted to go to,” he told GN. “Now that they have offered, it’s been a great experience and I plan on going up there for a visit.
“I had a whole lot of people retweeting me and texting me congrats. People are telling me that this is big and that more offers will come after this.”
Jones (6 feet 0, 173 pounds), from Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes in the Atlanta suburbs, also has been offered by the likes of Arkansas State, Marshall, Toledo and Tulane.
So, how did the Tennessee offer come about?
“(Wide receiver) Coach (Kevin) Beard texted me and asked if it was OK to call me,” Jones said. “He called and offered me. I went up to Tennessee last summer for a camp, and the coaches are great and I love the vibe up there.”
Jones says he is an all-around wide receiver.
“I think I’m an every-down type of wide receiver,” Jones said. “I can block, I can run great routes, I’m fast enough to beat the safety or the corner. I’m very versatile. I have soft hands and I can be very physical as well.”
There are certain criteria Jones is looking for when selecting a college destination.
“I do want to play as a freshman,” Jones said. “I don’t have to start, but I do want to have some impact on the team. I want the coaches to have a great vibe with my family. I don’t have to be close to home. I don’t mind leaving Georgia or remaining in Georgia.”
Is playing in the SEC important?
“That doesn’t matter,” he said. “I think anybody can do great things in the SEC or out of the SEC, but the SEC is great because it is one of the best conferences in college football.”
Jones Jr. says he would like to get the recruiting process over with relatively soon.
“I want to commit sooner rather than later, but I’m going to let it play out for a little bit,” he said. “I do want to commit early because I don’t want to hold out and then other kids start getting in and filling up spots.”
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