Welcome to National Signing Day for the 2019 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
After two transfers and one graduation, the Lions are suddenly incredibly young at the wide receiver position. And that "problem", if that's what you want to call it, could have been further exacerbated down the road by originally signing only one receiver–John Dunmore. Luckily, the staff found another receiver from the Sunshine State to add to the class in TJ Jones.
|Position: Wide receiver|
|Height/Weight: 6'1/185 lbs.|
|High School: Columbia (FL)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8750)|
|Positional Rank: No. 586 Overall, No. 74 Wide receiver, No. 72 in Florida|
|Commitment Date: February 6, 2019|
Anyone that can compete at a high level in Florida high school football clearly has some talent. But amongst that Florida bias comes lots of bloated rankings and possible busts. Jones seems like a safe, while unspectacular, bet.
He is a tremendous technician at the position. He runs very solid routes and does a great job of high pointing and catching the ball away from his body. After the season the Nittany Lions' receivers had, a receiver with reliable hands and steady route running will be a welcome sight. He has solid size at 6'1" and is already carrying almost 190 pounds. He doesn't, however, carry the elite strength and/or top-end speed you'd like out of your outside receivers.
Jones is practically the exact opposite of Daniel George coming out of high school–excellent technique but lacking a little athletically. Still, that gives Jones a relatively high floor, which is never a bad thing. If everything clicks, he could be the next iteration of DaeSean Hamilton.
While we did, in fact, reference how young the Lions' receivers are heading into the 2019 season, they are extremely talented. They're in an even better position if they progress as expected. Dotson and Hamler have proven to be extremely talented and reliable, while Shorter and George could find themselves in very prominent roles with good offseasons. Along with those mentioned and the continued success and usage of the tight ends, it's unlikely Jones sees the field in any significant way as a true freshman.
|KJ Hamler*||Daniel George*|
|Mac Hippenhammer*||Justin Shorter*|
|Cameron Sullivan-Brown*||John Dunmore|
|Jahan Dotson||TJ Jones|
* denotes redshirt season taken
Welcome to Penn State, TJ.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 6, 2019