I bet this kid shows out his senior year. He displays breakaway speed, against good competition, without even really having to fully hit his stride. He makes his opposite number miss, and then it's literally off to the races and he pulls away from the competition.
I would not be disappointed at all if this is one of the WRs we pursue. Let's get Tee on this one, because those other schools in FL won't make it easy poaching kids in their backyard.
One school showing Jones-Bell plenty of interest is Tennessee. The Vols need help at wide receiver in the 2020 class and pulling a premier player out of deep south Florida is never easy. That's where ace recruiter Brian Niedermeyer fits into the equation. Jones-Bell is listening and likes what he hears from Niedermeyer.
"I know the passing offense at Tennessee is something I'm interested in," Jones-Bell said. "Coach Niedermeyer is very energetic. We talk and I like our connection. He said he likes my versatility, my explosiveness, my speed and my hands."
One of the biggest reasons that Jones-Bell has interest in Tennessee is the possibility to earn quick playing time.
"That's a big factor," Jones-Bell said. "When I look at the schools, I look at the depth chart and I look at who the quarterback is going to be. Tennessee doesn't have a lot of wide receivers and that's appealing. I look at who they have and who is coming in."
Niedermeyer is hoping to get Jones-Bell up to Rocky Top soon. It's important to get them on campus and Jones-Bell hopes to find his way heading north in the not so distant future.
"He's trying to get me up soon," Jones-Bell said. "He wants me to come sometime this spring. I just have to find the time to do it. Hopefully that happens, and if not I'll get up there this summer."
Tennessee wide receivers coach Tee Martin also impresses Jones-Bell. He would like to build a bond there as well.
"I've been knowing him since Freshman year when he was at USC," Jones-Bell said. "I've not talked to him, but I've always known who he is and I think he's a good coach. I'd like to talk to him."
The Carol City product is smooth yet elusive and knows how to make plays when he gets the ball in his hands. He's always working to improve his craft.
"I think my speed needs to improve," Jones-Bell said. "I run well, but I need to get faster. I run 4.4, but I'm trying to get 4.3. I'm running track and I'm hoping that helps improve that."
Florida State, Alabama, Penn State and Syracuse join Tennessee in recruiting Jones-Bell the hardest.
"I'm trying to find a place where I can play, has quality coaches and players and then good academics," Jones-Bell said.
Four-star Class of 2020 receiver Thaiu Jones-Bell of Miami Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, Fla., arrived at Tennessee on Friday for a weekend visit with the Vols that will allow him to attend their spring practice Saturday afternoon.
The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Jones-Bell posted a picture Friday afternoon on his Twitter account that showed him posing in the Vols' home uniform during an on-campus photo shoot.He's ranked by 247Sports as the No. 59 overall prospect and No. 11 wide receiver in the 2020 class. He's also ranked the No. 143 overall prospect and No. 26 wide receiver in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
Miami wideout Thaiu Jones Bell will also be back in town this weekend. It will be the second time in a matter of weeks that the Carroll City receiver gets to Rocky Top to hang with Tee Martin and Brian Niedermeyer.