August 8, 2011

Texas WR likes Vol visit

It was a return trip of sorts for Wylie, Tex., wide receiver Quan Jones. He was born in the Volunteer State but moved to Texas when he was younger, so it wasn't his first time in Tennessee when he visited Knoxville last month.

But, it was his first visit to the Vols' campus.

"I was born in Memphis. I moved in the sixth grade," Jones said of his relationship to the Volunteer State.

That seemed the only connection, if it could be called that, to the University of Tennessee before this spring when Jones and teammate Marcell Ateman both received offers from the Vols. After that development, both wanted to see Tennessee up close.

"It was the offer and we have a lot of interest in them," Jones said.

The initial offer surprised and excited Jones and once he made it up to Tennessee for camp, he was pleasantly surprised at how much he liked his time on Rocky Top.

"(The offer) was surprising because it was the SEC and we were really excited. We came there and had fun. We had a lot of fun," Jones said. "I really liked the coaches and the facilities."

The feelings were reciprocated by the Tennessee staff even more after they saw he and Ateman participate in camp.

"They were really impressed with us. We talked to the head coach and he said he was impressed. Then we talked to coach (Eric) Russell a lot down there. He's a pretty cool coach and really funny," Jones said.

Russell wasn't the only coach Jones was complimentary of. He added wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett really impressed him with his experience coaching the position.

"(Russell's) a good coach too. The whole coaching staff, I could tell, where good coaches," Jones added. "I met the receivers coach too. I would really like to play for a receiving coach like that, since he's coached so many pros. Hopefully I can get to the pro-level one day."

Jones added that most coaches are impressed with his natural ability and that causes problems for defenders.

"My speed, athleticism and my size," Jones said. "I cause matchup problems on the field."

He wasn't only impressed with Tennessee's staff. Jones said he really liked Tennessee's current and future facilities.

"The indoor facility (impressed him). We go to see the video of the renovation they're fixing to have and the weight room and the big glass wall and the locker room and the dorms and all that. It's all pretty nice," Jones said.

He also said a Tennessee game-day tradition impressed him.

"The Vol Walk, that seems pretty fun," Jones added.

He may get to take one in this fall as he and Ateman are hoping to be back to see the Vols play in October.

"I want to go up to the Tennessee and LSU game. I actually want to check a couple of games out at Tennessee," he said.

Overall, Jones was surprised at how attractive Tennessee was.

"I didn't think Tennessee was going to be that nice," he said of his final impression.

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