Quarterback Jalon Jones (File Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Henrico will see a boost from Florida commit Jalon Jones
by Andy Hilton, recruit804
It’s been an interesting year for Jalon Jones (2019 QB 6-3 190).
Last summer, Jones committed to Mississippi State. He also committed to continue his high school career at St. Frances Academy in Maryland.
In his junior season at St. Frances, Jones was in a quarterback rotation to start the season, but eventually won the starting job. He led St. Frances to a 13-0 season and the 2017 MIAA A Conference football championship.
At St. Frances, Jones ran for 819 yards and eight touchdowns while racking up 1,025 passing yards and 11 touchdowns.
After the 2017 season, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen took a job on the Florida Gator staff and that led Jones to reopen his recruitment.
Jones considered offers from Ohio State, North Carolina State, Oregon and Virginia before committing to the Gators.
“If Coach Mullen had stayed at Mississippi State, that’s where I would still be committed to. I’m fully 100 percent — 1,000 percent — sold on Florida,” Jones told the Baltimore Sun after making the Florida commitment in April. “I wasn’t really keying on whatever school (Coach Mullen) was going to. I was just keying in on whatever could be the best opportunity for me.”
Now, the best opportunity is in Henrico. It’s not about piling up stats for an out-of-state high school program. It’s about family and community. Richmond is home for Jalon and his family, including his father Michael, who is a city councilman in the 9th District.
Henrico regains Jones as a weapon to accompany wide receiver Ja’Had Carter, who is a Virginia Tech commit. It makes Region 5B all the more competitive, where Henrico competes against reigning three-time state champion Highland Springs, a rejuvenated L.C. Bird program with Troy Taylor now at the helm, and Hermitage, who has a new coach in Derrick Johnson.
– Andy Hilton
Jalon Jones’ Junior Season Highlights: