A big, versatile California receiver, 3-star A.J. Jones, is officially an Arizona Wildcat.
Read on below for his profile.
High School: Colony High School (Ontario, Calif.)
Hometown: Ontario, Calif.
Weight: 195 pounds
2021 Stats: Unknown (stats weren’t updated on MaxPreps)
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, Dartmouth, Fresno State, Princeton, San Diego State, UCLA, Yale
247Sports Composite Rankings: No. 750 nationally, No. 110 wide receiver, No. 60 in California
Analysis: Jones is another excellent addition to the offense and will be able to help in a plethora of ways.
First and foremost, his size stands out. He is all of 6-foot-4, maybe pushing 5, and just under 200 pounds. He is a big kid and plays physical. He showed off that physicality in the spring and summer during the offseason, especially in the red zone. However, he wasn’t able to show t off much during the season. That leads in to the next aspect of his game.
The former UCLA commit is versatile. Very versatile. Not only is he a dangerous weapon on the outside, but he is also talented under center. Due to injury issues at the quarterback position, Jones was thrust into the role is did a great job. He actually has a very good arm and timing on his throws. which is helped by him being a receiver. He is also an effective safety and plays the ball naturally.
It seems the most under-appreciated aspect of his game is his speed. Jones is fast. Not “fast for his size”, but fast. Whether it’s covering the defensive backfield, running a route, or taking the snap and bouncing to the outside for a touchdown, he showcases his speed.
Arizona hasn’t had a receiver like him since the Hill Mary days when Austin Hill, Cayleb Jones, David Richards and Trey Griffey were all on the team. Jones will instantly bring a talent boost to the WR room as soon as he steps on campus.
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