Florida quarterback commit Sheriron Jones (6-2, 189, Moreno Valley, CA Rancho Verde) was out in Oregon last week for the Elite 11 quarterback competition and for the Nike Opening.
One of the quarterback coaches for the Elite 11 competition was George Whitfield, who runs a quarterback academy in California and he had some good things to say about Jones from last week.
“We’ve only been around him about four days, but he is getting better every day,” Whitfield said. “No flinch, there’s no flinch to him. He is talented. He’s actually one of the most physically talented down here. He can do all things, he just needs and is going to get more time to develop, I’m sure.
Not only do quarterbacks go through quarterback drills but they are also put through off the field stuff to test them under pressure and Jones was impressive in that as well.
“Really truly, this guy is incredibly charismatic,” Jones said. “The kids love him. I’ve seen him in some pressure situations. We did some ranger training our first day here and he didn’t flinch. He somehow managed to smile covered in dirt, sore, cold, smiling. He was keeping other dudes up. I’ve seen him in some big 3rd-and-goal situations down here. He carved us up in our match-up against him.”
After Whitfield spent last week with Jones he believes that offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will help him even more.
“I’m excited he’s going with Coach Roper,” Whitfield said. “Kurt Roper has done a phenomenal job with quarterbacks, so you know what kind of curriculum he’s going to receive and you know who’s going to be teaching it to him. He’s in great shape down there, so I’m excited about his future.”
Whitfield believes that Jones knows what he needs to improve on and also believes that he’s someone that accepts coaching.
“He has a nice presence, self-aware kid too,” Whitfield said. “He has no misconceptions about what he needs to continue to work on and that’s big because a lot of kids stick with their Ace cards and go.”
INSIDER TAKE: Whitfield isn’t the first person to rave about Jones to me but Whitfield has worked with several top prospects including college and NFL quarterbacks so he knows what he’s talking about when he talks the position. I think Florida landed a big prospects in getting Jones.