Wide Receiver, Class of 2021
Thomas Jefferson High School, Richmond, VA
As the offer list grows, so do the expectations for Thomas Jefferson (Va.) 2021 three-star wide receiver Jaylen Jones. He expects more of himself than anyone else.
“I’m working on getting stronger, faster and more explosive,” he said. “I feel like my hands are where they need to be. I think I had like two drops last year, out of 76 receptions. That’s not bad, but I don’t want to have any drops next year. So, focusing on no drops and getting more explosive.”
Jones, Rivals.com’s No. 43 player in Virginia for his class, now has 10 offers. Most recently, Virginia Tech and Marshall joined the list. After four visits this spring, with one more coming, Jones is getting a better sense of where his game could be best utilized.
“I kind of want to be able to play relatively early, by like my freshman or sophomore year,” he said. “I want it to feel like home, just a good environment, good people around me. A good coaching staff, where I know no one is going anywhere any time soon. Location doesn’t really matter to me.”
On Sunday, Jones made his first visit to Virginia Tech, for its junior day. He said the trip provided much-needed context to what he’d already seen and heard about the Hokies.
“I liked it, that whole atmosphere,” Jones said. “The people at Tech, they’re like, huge fans. When you think Blacksburg, you think Virginia Tech. I like all the new things they have in construction. The blueprints, they look nice. I was surprised by the new stuff they’re building. Like the dorms, it’s going to be like apartment style, get your own room.”
Assistant coaches Jafar Williams and Ryan Smith have been Jones’ primary contacts with Virginia Tech, but his offer came at the tail end of his trip this past weekend, from coach Justin Fuente.
“I had a meeting with Coach Fuente and we just chopped it up a little and he offered,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t say I expected it, but it was kind of new, a little bit. They were hinting at it a little bit, saying before I leave it was going to be a good day.”
Subscribe to read full story
Tired of low effort articles and clickbait? So are we. Subscribe to read great articles written by a full-time staff with decades of experience.
Already a subscriber? Login Here