The Florida Gators have landed one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the class of 2015. Sheriron Jones, a 4-star recruit out of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California, has committed to play college football in Gainesville.
News of Jones' commitment was reported on Sunday by 247Sports, as the young signal-caller had just wrapped up his visit. Jones shared his thoughts with one of the site's national analysts, Ryan Bartow.
"It's so much like family there," said Jones. "I love the coaching staff, they've been straightforward with me. I just love being at the Swamp."
CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman feels Jones should thrive in coordinator Kurt Roper's spread offense:
ESPN's Jeff Barlis cited analysis by his colleague Tom Lunginbill, who compared Jones' skill set to that of former Louisville star and recent Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater:
That's high praise to say the least, and it should build the hype surrounding Jones before he arrives at his chosen collegiate destination. The class overall is shaping up nicely for the Gators, per the Gainesville Sun's Zach Abolverdi:
Jones is listed at 6'2.5" and 193 pounds, with a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, according to his 247Sports profile. The site's composite rankings have him as the No. 7 dual-threat QB and the 220th-ranked prospect overall.
The dynamic athleticism Jones brings to the gridiron, along with his demonstrated speed, will serve him well. Florida just needs to surround him with a strong supporting cast, and Jones can also contribute to the rushing attack with his legs.
Passing mechanics are something all young QBs can improve on, but the physical tools Jones possesses bode well for his success at the next level. In addition to having a strong enough arm to make every required throw, Jones can be accurate on the run and from the pocket. He has adequate power to deliver on time, on target and with touch on deep passes.
Gators coach Will Muschamp is known for his emphasis on defense, but Florida needs a spark on the other side of the ball to reascend to being one of the SEC's best. Landing Jones as the prospective quarterback of the future is a great way to ensure that happens in the coming years.
Although it's still a bit premature to project where Jones will land when he arrives in Gainesville, he appears destined for greatness. As long as he can refine his fundamentals and keep progressing, Jones' ceiling hints that he'll be installed as a starter sooner than later.