Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators struck gold late in the process when they landed quarterback Emory Jones but Mullen and the Gators are hoping to get a quarterback much earlier in the 2019 class.
One of the quarterbacks high on the Gators board is quarterback Jalon Jones (6-3, 180, Baltimore, MD. St Frances Academy) who was once committed to Mullen at Mississippi State but now hears a lot from Florida.
“Florida is always talking to me,” Jones said. “We have a good love with each other. I talk to Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach Brian Johnson and Coach Sal [Sunseri] a lot.”
Quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson is leading the recruitment of Jones and he has a simple message for the quarterback.
“Just that he likes my game a lot,” he said on Johnson’s message to him. “He just wants to take me under his wing so he can teach and coach me.”
Jones and Johnson are in the early stages of building a relationship but so far the quarterback likes what he knows about the Florida assistant coach.
“The relationship with him is going real good right now,” Jones said on his relationship with Johnson. “I know that he played for Coach Mullen at Utah and was on the cover of NCAA. It’s just a lot of love with him.”
Head coach Dan Mullen has been recruiting Jones for over two years now and the message hasn’t changed much despite the move in schools for Mullen.
“He just tells me the same thing but says he’s at a different location now,” he said of Mullen’s message to him. “He says I’m a big part of the 2019 class and that they still need quarterbacks down there and that they need me.”
Jones is now in the process of setting up visits for the spring and he knows of one official visit he will take.
“I’m not sure yet, I’m still trying to get my schedule together,” Jones said on upcoming visits. “I’m trying to set up my official visit down there [Florida] now.”
The Gators aren’t the only school hard after Jones, as Mullen’s former boss is also after the quarterback.
“Florida and Ohio State are the schools I talk to the most,” he said. “I don’t really have any leader or anything but those are the people I talk to the most.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Mullen’s relationship with Jones is strong and goes back a few years and that is something that will keep Florida high on the quarterbacks list. The Gators now just need to get Jones on campus so he can see Gainesville for the first time.