Jackson State quarterback Jalon Jones announces he will enter transfer portal

Rashad Milligan
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Jalon Jones intends to continue his college career elsewhere.

The Jackson State sophomore quarterback announced his plans to enter the transfer portal Thursday morning via social media.

Former Jackson State coach John Hendrick brought Jones in from Florida in 2019. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound athlete started JSU's first five games this spring at quarterback under first-year coach Deion Sanders.

"I want to say thank you to Coach Hendrick because without him, I would have never had this special opportunity," Jones' announcement read. "I also want to thank Coach Prime for this opportunity, I've learned so much under his coaching."

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Jones, who began his career at Florida, ranks fourth in the SWAC in passing this spring, completing 79 of 143 attempts for 1,016 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.

The sophomore recently lost his starting job to freshman Quincy Casey, who completed  a team season-high 30 passes and threw for a team season-high 323 yards.

In the fall, Jackson State early enrollee Shedeur Sanders will be eligible to play. Shedeur, Deion's son, is the highest-rated signee in program history, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Entering the transfer portal does not guarantee a player will transfer. But it does allow coaches at other schools to begin contacting players who intend to transfer. 

The NCAA Council passed transfer legislation that allows athletes to gain immediate eligibility the first time they transfer. Under previous guidelines, undergraduate transfers in football and basketball were forced to sit out a year before regaining eligibility. 

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