Year of the Quarterback profile: Rancho Verde’s Sheriron Jones (VIDEO)
Sheriron Jones is different from most of his counterparts in the 2015 class.
One could say he’s self made.
Jones isn’t a product of any high-profile quarterback coach. He didn’t go to any big-time quarterback academy. What you see is the result of the work Jones and Rancho Verde head coach Pete Duffy have put in since Jones was a freshman in high school.
For that, Jones is a throwback of sorts, who has risen to an elite level in a class full of elite quarterbacks.
Strengths: Jones is a tremendous leader. His leadership isn’t manufactured or forced. He has the unique ability to not just have his teammates rally around him but to have everyone feel they have a major part in what’s going on. It’s a byproduct of coming up in a Rancho Verde program where family is really stressed. When they say it over there, they mean it. The door is always open for alums to come back and lend advice or just check on the program. That’s evident in Jones’ leadership style. There is a tremendous sense of ownership he takes in being a part of the program.
Weaknesses: There are some who have concerns about Jones’ release but that notion is all but dismissed by Duffy, who he’s worked with since day one of his high school career. As is the case with a lot of young quarterbacks Jones has a tendency to lock onto receivers and over time will improve on going through his progressions.
Key stat: 4. Rancho Verde has been to four straight CIF Southern Section finals.
Quotable: "There’s no flinch to him. He is talented," said renowned quarterback coach George Whitfield, who had an opportunity to work with Jones at the Elite 11 (as told to gatorcountry.com)
Final thoughts: Jones is proof that you don’t have to have a big-name quarterback coach to earn a college scholarship. Throughout his high school career he’s put in the work and it’s paid off for the signal caller who is committed to the University of Florida. He understands he’s not a finished product and when it’s all said and done, his willingness to be coached could be a difference maker at the next level. He’s described by many to have that "it factor." A credit to Jones, it’s tough to determine just what that "it factor" is. Could he be his leadership? Could it be his ability to be coachable? Could it be just being a well liked guy? In truth it’s all the above in a addition to one other overlooked component for quarterbacks. Toughness. When you ask Jones what the "it factor" is, he points to toughness. Of course, this is a player who missed most of his sophomore year to injury but when his team needed him most he returned to the field, ahead of schedule, for the Mustangs playoff run.