Sheridan Jones (6’1, 175) of Norfolk, VA just committed to the Clemson Tigers. He becomes the tenth commitment of the 2019 class, the first CB commitment, and the third committed DB. Clemson hasn’t filled up its DB class this quickly in years (I believe that Clemson will likely take 6 DBs in this class). Jones claimed offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Auburn among many others. Jones visited for the Spring game with his mother where Clemson solidified their positioning with Jones. Trips to Ohio State and Alabama were unable to stall Clemson’s momentum when he got on campus.
Jones is ranked as the number 138 composite player in the country. That is a bit lower than it should be. I would have Jones just inside the top 100 for now with top 75 as a possibility. One ranking from 247 has him as number 280 overall that drags down his composite score. Jones reclassified from the 2020 class to the 2019 class and switched from Bishop Sullivan Catholic HS to Maury this year. Once he reclassified to the 2019 season, Brent Venables sunk his teeth in and BV recruits Virginia as good as anybody these days. The reclassification shouldn’t be seen as a negative at all, however. My understanding is that Jones repeated his freshman year once he got to Bishop Sullivan, not because of grades or anything negative, but because they wanted to maximize his potential—think Jake Bentley. His reclassification isn’t going to set him back.
WHAT CLEMSON GETS
Jones is a talented CB prospect. He is extremely competitive and confident. He views himself as an elite prospect and shows that edge on the field. Jones is a willing tackler out in space, but he will need to get bigger and stronger to hold up at the boundary corner position in Brent Venables defense. This is probably his main weakness right now—he just needs to add mass.
Sheridan is 6’1 with a good wingspan, however, and he plays a physical brand of corner. I think as he gets a little stronger, he will be even more effective—he has that room to grow. He understands technique as a high school corner and does a good job of shadowing WR and changing direction. Decent hands. Jones has played since his freshman year for Bishop Sullivan as a starting corner. He also played some WR for team.
Overall Jones is a prospect that helps Clemson improve their level of talent in the secondary. If he can add 10 pounds of mass, and not lose his speed or mobility, he could compete for time in the two deep sooner than later in his career.