Recognizing the immediate fixes needed to make a positive shift in his first season, Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell has dipped into the transfer portal multiple times already.
The latest win for the Seminoles on the transfer market came from the commitment of former Mississippi State safety Jarrian Jones, who had initially pledged to play under Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss following his decision to transfer.
Jones was a top-20 safety nationally coming out of high school, and contributed a bit in his time in Starkville. What skills does Jones possess that earned him this ranking? We’ll break down what FSU fans can expect from the newest Seminole defensive back.
Speedy and precise footwork
Jones possesses quick feet that he utilizes at the line of scrimmage to mirror a receivers release. This is a strength of his game and being in position early allows him to be tighter in coverage down the field. His footwork helps him flip his hips and run with the WR. His footwork is also evident as he is transitioning. His feet and hands are also in sync while he is jamming. The technical side of his game needs to get cleaned up but he does possess the physical skill.
A ready-to-go playmaker
We turn back the clock to Jones’ high school film to see the playmaker he is. He shows the ability to be around the ball and finish plays when it comes his way. Even when working himself out of position, Jones hustles his way back in to make a play on the ball. This is a skill that is hard to describe or define. Is Jones a corner or a safety? I don’t think it matters, if he works at his craft, he will be a playmaker. Finishing a play is just as important and Jones shows he can do that as well.
No set position, but set to make plays
Jones is tough to project for the Florida State defense. Is he a safety? Is he a field corner? He shows traits that suggest he could play both but has weaknesses that will also limit him. What we know is he has skills that you want on your defense. Getting playmakers on the back end is a must and bringing in an SEC level defender helps bolster the Seminole secondary. We will see where Jones ends up but I expect him to make plays when he gets there.
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