In Southern California this year, a historic quarterback class is the story of the high school football season. Three of the top four quarterbacks and five of the top 10 in Scout’s 2015 national rankings play in the CIF Southern Section. In total, eight seniors are committed to power conference programs (Alabama, Oregon, USC and UCLA to name a few) and a few more may join them. As Bruce Feldman wrote back in May, the potential for future success on Saturdays and Sundays means we may look back on this as one of the most loaded position classes in one region ever.
As we at FOX Sports West began preparations for coverage of the high school football season, I wanted to focus on these quarterbacks and come up with something special celebrating them. My idea was to do a series of features highlighting the quarterbacks, spending time with them on the field, in the film room and talking to them and their coaches. And now that we are a few features in, I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done putting together our “Year of the Quarterback” series.
This past Friday, we debuted our piece on Sheriron Jones, a four-star QB out of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley (CA), the same high school Ronald Powell attended. If you don’t know, Jones is committed to Florida, and assuming he keeps that commitment (maybe a longshot given Will Muschamp’s uncertain future?), he adds to the Gators growing depth at QB and could contend for the starting job as early as 2016. He is a really bright kid, with a great head on his shoulders, great knowledge of the game, excellent instincts and great fundamentals. Here’s our Prep Zone analyst and Scout’s Director of Scouting Greg Biggins’ take on Jones:
Jones is a dual threat QB in that he’s very athletic but is more polished and a better pure passer in the pocket than given credit for. He shows poise in the pocket, is a natural leader and can get the ball down the field. He can scramble for yardage or buy time in the pocket and then make a throw when a play breaks down. He needs to tighten his release just a bit but is overall, solid mechanically and has some definite upside to him.
Check out our piece at the link below. He throws a very pretty ball and I love his take on being an athletic QB that prefers to stay in the pocket. I guarantee this will get you excited for his possible arrival in Gainesville.