Tennessee lands graduate transfer receiver Velus Jones from Southern Cal
Tennessee entered the offseason looking for help at the receiver position with Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway off to the NFL.
Now, after landing four-star athlete/receiver Jimmy Calloway and four-star receiver Jalin Hyatt as members of the program’s 2020 signing class in addition to walk-on transfer receiver Miles Jones from Nebraska, the Vols have just added another potential impact player at the position.
That’s because former Southern Cal receiver Velus Jones announced he will finish out his collegiate playing career at Tennessee. It should be noted that Jones previously played for Tennessee receivers coach Tee Martin at Southern Cal.
During his three seasons on the field at USC, Jones caught 36 passes for 347 yards and just one touchdown. However, where he helped the Trojans the most was as a return man.
Jones returned 81 kicks for USC for 1,947 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 24 yards per kick return during his time in Los Angeles. He is originally a native of Alabama.
He announced his decision with the following message:
“I want to thank the University of Southern California and Clay Helton for allowing me to get my degree and also for the life-changing experiences and connections I will have for life. And also want to thank the coaches that reached out to me when I entered the transfer portal. With that being said, I will play my last year of college football at the University of Tennessee.”
Here’s an example of what Jones could bring to Tennessee’s special teams unit next fall: