Clemson added cornerback recruit Sheridan Jones during early signing day. Jones comes to Clemson from Norfolk, VA (Maury). The 4-star measures at 6’1’’ 175lb and is rated as the #14 CB in the 2019 class and #121 player overall per the 247Sports Composite®. Jones’ ranking is interesting, and perhaps a little low, when one considers he was previously ranked as the #1 CB recruit for the class of 2020 prior to reclassifying into the 2019 class.
Jones’ lead recruiter was the man himself, Brent Venables. Jones chose Clemson over fellow college football heavyweights Alabama and Ohio State. Since then, Jones has been one of the most outspoken players in this recruiting class, staying active on social media and trying to assist our coaches in landing some top of the board prospects. He is to this class what Amari Rodgers was to 2017 or Mike Jones was to 2018.
Jones is physically and athletically able to contribute next year. He is also planning on enrolling in January, which should allow him the needed time to adapt to Venables defense while adding a few pounds of muscle. He, like fellow CB signee Andrew Booth, has a tremendous wingspan which allows him to play larger than his already ideal frame. He also plays fearless – pursuing ballcarriers at full speed and violently finishing his tackles. Adding a player of Jones’ caliber as a second cornerback pickup is a sign of Clemson’s continued rise on the recruiting trail and should solidify the cornerback position for the near future.
Check out Jones’ hudl film here.
Jones was supposed to release his letter later in the day so this will be quick.
I’m very high on Jones and love him as a second pure corner take in this class. I think he is a top 75-100 player and his composite is being held back by a 247 rating in the three hundreds. They complain that he doesn’t have the top end athleticism to play corner. I see another long frame, and quick feet. He isn’t afraid to play physical in run support and will continue to fill out his frame.
He also has a bit of a mean streak to his game that you want at corner. Jones is a quality addition to the secondary who should contribute as soon as he is physically ready.