Does Tennessee have more help coming to the wide receiver room in 2020? With Jauan Jennings, Tyler Byrd and Marquez Callaway now gone, plenty of snaps will be up for grabs next season. Josh Palmer, Brandon Johnson and Ramel Keyton figure to be the top three, but there’s not much experience behind those three.
Enter Velus Jones Jr. The USC receiver is in the transfer portal and could be looking for a place a little closer to his Saraland, Alabama hometown. Jones is a former three-star prospect who signed with USC as a part of the class of 2016.
This is actually the second time Jones has hit the transfer portal.
So could Tennessee be a fit? Trey Wallace caught this on his Instagram, then got word from Jones that the Volunteers have offered him a spot for next season.
Jones has primarily impacted the Trojans as a return man over the last three seasons. He’s averaging 24 yards per kick return during that span, scoring one touchdown in 2019 for USC.
The 6-0, 190 pound receiver caught 24 passes for 266 yards and one score in 2018. Jones regressed in 2019, catching just six passes all season. With one season left, Jones is likely looking to find a fit within an offense that will allow him to make more of an impact offensively.
Tennessee certainly could use another body in the return game after losing Marquez Callaway. The Volunteers have primarily used Ty Chandler on kick returns.
Tennessee’s 2020 class features two four-star receivers in Jalin Hyatt and Jimmy Calloway. Deangelo Gibbs, a transfer from Georgia who had to sit out the 2019 season, could also factor into the receiver equation. While Tennessee doesn’t have a numbers issue at the receiver position, they certainly could use another veteran presence in that room.