Vols land Alabama cornerback Jay Jones

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- According to our partners at Volquest.com, head coach Jeremy Pruitt and the football Vols have received a verbal commitment from talented cornerback Jay Jones out of Alabama.

Jones earned his first Power 5 offer from Tennessee last month and quickly developed a relationship with secondary coach and defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley.

According to Volquest, the 2021 Alabama defensive back decided the Fourth of July was the perfect day to go ahead and commit, becoming the third member of the class along with Alabama wideout Jordan Mosley and local athlete Elijah Howard.

Jones, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner who started for Demopolis (Ala.) as a sophomore, received an offer from Tennessee after he clocked a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and impressed in an individual workout. Ansley is enamored with Jones’ length and ball-skills.

When asked about Tennessee by Austin Price of Volquest, Jones responded, , “They like my aggressiveness, how I get after it.”

Jones’ grandparents live in Chattanooga and are longtime Tennessee fans. The rising junior admits he had a slight interest in the Vols as a kid, but now that he’s committed, he’s all-Tennessee telling Volquest, “I believe it’s a great school. It can help me with the position I play. They can develop me as a cornerback, I like that coach Ansley would be my position coach and defensive coordinator.”