When Zack Jones committed to the Hoos last April, it probably seemed like a foregone conclusion to most fans. After all, Zack's older brother, Perry, was headed into his senior season as a star player for the Wahoos, and Zack had never been shy about how much he enjoyed his time at UVA seeing his brother excel. However, the convenient family connection shouldn't take away from the skills this younger Jones possesses, the different type of player he is, and the celebration Mike London & Co. had when they locked down this commitment. Zack is a few inches taller than his brother, runs a 4.5 second 40 yard dash, and plays wide receiver (where he projects to play for the Hoos) rather than running back. He's a solid 3-star in the ratings and is listed inside the top-25 of players in Virginia. Family connection, in-state player from a powerhouse high school program, with solid talent and potential, Jones was a must-get for London and while few expected any other result in his recruitment, we've lost this type before (I'm looking at you, previous little brother of a star running back named "Jones"). Thankfully Chip West took care of business and UVA fans have four more years of watching a speedy Jones on offense. Check some highlights here:
UVA Projection: With the current talent at wideout, plus Taquan Mizzell's ability to play in the slot, there's little need for Jones to play next year. As such, I expect him to redshirt. However, we've seen London throw out frosh skill players on special teams frequently during his tenure. Was that a case of needing a talent upgrade? A distinct strategy to help player progression? An inability to properly manage a roster? Probably moreso the first than the others...but I wouldn't be floored if Jones sees the field at some point in 2013. Hopefully he'll have a redshirt year to learn his routes and hit the gym. Look for him to be a solid contributor on offense for many years after that.