Jeremy Pruitt comments on Tennessee's addition of grad transfer WR Velus Jones
Velus Jones is officially a Tennessee Volunteer. UT announced the addition of the graduate transfer wide receiver from USC on Wednesday.
“We are very excited to welcome Velus to our Tennessee football family,” coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a statement on the team website. “Velus is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands. He has strength, speed and a high football IQ. He will immediately add veteran leadership to our team and be an impact player as both a receiver and as a return guy. He’s an all-conference talent, and I know he is ready to get to work with the rest of our team.”
In his time at USC, Jones recorded 36 receptions for 347 yards to go along with a 24-yard kick return average on 81 career attempts (1,947 yards and one touchdown). The 6-0, 190-pounder has scored a touchdown receiving, rushing and on a kick return.
Jones has familiarity with Tennessee receivers coach Tee Martin, who was on the Trojans’ staff from 2016-18. Martin was also the primary recruiter of Jones, a former 3-star prospect in the class of 2016 coming out of Saraland, Alabama, to USC.
Jones is the third player to transfer to Tennessee in the offseason, joining former Georgia OL Cade Mays and former Nebraska WR Miles Jones.
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— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) January 22, 2020