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Sheriron Jones recruit scouting report: Dual-threat quarterback

Sheriron Jones is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country for the class of 2015.

Sheriron Jones -- Student Sports
Sheriron Jones -- Student Sports

Sheriron Jones is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation and one of the most fought-after recruits in the state of California. Not surprisingly, he is receiving interest from a number of West Coast teams, and he holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado in the PAC-12. However, Midwestern teams have also taken notice, as both Nebraska and Indiana have offers for the quarterback at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif.

Jones is listed at 6'2 and 180 pounds by 247 Sports, which also reports that he has run a 4.6-second 40-yard dash. All four major recruiting services — 247, ESPN, Scout and Rivals — list Jones as a four-star prospect, and he is also a four-star in the 247 composite ratings. The composite rankings consider Jones an elite prospect at every level, as he is ranked as the 161st-best player in the country, the sixth-best dual threat quarterback and the 23rd-best Californian prospect.

Scouting by Derrell Warren (@yssd), West Coast Recruiting Analyst

Although he’s a bit high-cut, as a runner, he’s a mid-strider with good short-area quickness for his body type. More quick than fast, he’s able to side-step pressure when the pocket breaks down and quickly reset his frame. When he does break containment, he’s more likely to shake defenders in the open field than to blaze past them with pure speed.

As a passer, Jones shows discipline, and isn’t overly reliant on his legs. He’s apt to use his mobility to buy extra time to create throwing lanes, instead of scrambling for yardage. On film, Jones’ shows good arm talent but inconsistent throwing mechanics. He doesn’t necessarily possess an elite-level arm, but improved throwing mechanics would enable him to maximize his overall arm strength

Too often, Jones doesn’t incorporate enough of his lower body into his throws. Inconsistent weight transfer doesn’t allow him to consistently drive the ball on intermediate and deep-out routes. As he matures, Jones needs to do a better job climbing the pocket and taking full strides into his throws. He doesn’t always take advantage when the functional space is available to do so. In the instances in which he keeps his elbow elevated, has good hip rotation and follows through, he’s uncorked some lasers on those very same routes.

Using a tight, compact delivery, Jones does an exceptional job changing the speed of his passes. For example, he has the arm strength to fit throws in between bodies on seam routes. However, he recognizes the need to use placement and touch when a defender is in trail position and there’s no backside safety squeezing the route over the top.

Jones projects as a plus-level two-year starter at the high FBS level. His skills would best fit within a spread scheme that uses his mobility as a complement his passing. Long term, his upside as passer leaves him better equipped to sustain offense with his arm rather than his legs.