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Freshman Gators QB Jones accused of sexual battery

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Some eyebrows were raised on Wednesday, when it was learned that Florida incoming freshman quarterback Jalon Jones had entered the NCAA transfer portal. We now have a clear picture, as to part of or perhaps, the reason why he was looking to leave, quickly.

That’s because the heavily recruited dual-threat quarterback from Richmond,Virginia, has been accused by two different women of sexual battery a short time apart in one night from early April:

The Gainesville University Police Department says that both unidentified females were in the dorm room that Jones shares with roommates Chris Steele and Jaydon Hill in the early morning of April 6th. Further, the first accuser originally agreed to have sex with Jones in a bedroom, but then, kept demanding for him to stop, which she claims he refused. Hill reportedly helped break up the situation coming in the bedroom and that woman left.

According to the police report, a short time later, another female that was in the dorm room says the Jones began talking to console her, because she was upset about an argument earlier in the night with another friend. Soon after that, the second accuser claims Jones started to kiss her, removed her clothing and engaged in sexual acts on her.

Both women went immediately to Shands Hospital and received rape kits, however, neither one has chosen to press charges.

The Gainesville Police had no further comment other than it was an ongoing investigation. The University released statement acknowledging the accusations against Jones on Thursday afternoon saying:

“We are aware of the incident reports and have followed athletic department and campus protocols.”

Jones had participated in the Gators Spring game (above) the following weekend, as an early enrollee. However, he got very little playing time behind the two most prominent Gators, returning starter Feleipe Franks and dual-threat Emory Jones..

Jalon Jones is a four-star recruit, who also had offers from the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Mullen had been recruiting Jalon Jones, since his junior year, when Mullen was in Starkville in 2017.

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Gators announced home and home series with Cal Friday

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The Florida Gators continued their philosophy of striking “home-and-home” deals with Power 5 opposition, when they announced on Friday that they will be doing so with the Cal-Berkley Bears out of the Pac-12 coming later in this decade.

The Gators made the announcement through their website and social media mid-day Friday that they will play Cal at home first and then travel to Berkeley the following year:

A.D. Scott Stricklin has broken up the long tradition that Florida would only play two home out of conference games in September and usually, against much lesser competition before entering SEC play. Stricklin has been very outspoken that in the age of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule is emphasized and the selection committee holds schools responsible for not playing top-notch out of conference opponents, at least some of the time.

With that in mind, the Gators opened the 2019 season in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes and won a sloppy game. And, they already have other Power 5 schools laid out to play home and away.

As we previously wrote, Florida will be playing the Texas Longhorns first in Gainesville in 2030 and then. return the game the following year in Austin.

Florida had previously announced last year that they will also play the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12, again with the first game in Gainesville in 2028 and then, returning it to Boulder the following season.

It’s interesting with Friday’s announcement that Stricklin and the football program are working backwards with the schedule. And, they will now play Cal before Colorado in September of 2026, and then will be opening on the Berkeley campus the following season.

Florida and Cal have only met two times, having played first in Gainesville in 1974 as the Gators wo 21 – 17 and then, they also met in Tampa to open the 1980 season with a Florida 41-13 blowout victory.

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Second National Signing Day recap for top state schools

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National Signing Day 2020 has come and gone, and several in state schools were able to improve their classes heading into spring ball. The University of Florida watched rival Georgia secure the number one overall class, but the Gators were still able to land the best class in the state with the number eight class overall.

The Gators officially signed former five-star receiver Justin Shorter from Penn State, and Florida stayed in the family today as well, Xzavier Henderson officially joined the Gators. He’s the ounger brother of  former DB C.J. Henderson.

Dan Mullen also able to dip into the state of Texas inking four-star DE Princely Umanmielen. It wasn’t all great news for the Gators, as they missed out on a few key guys, including losing out on arguably top state safety Avantae Williams to in state rival Miami. Overall it was a good cycle for the Gators both recruiting and in the transfer portal.

The Miami Hurricanes continued an impressive offseason on National Signing Day. The Canes made arguably the biggest move in the state by landing Williams and keeping him Florida. Williams became the highest rated Hurricane in the class and propelled the U to the number 13 spot.

Miami has the second-best class in the ACC behind Clemson. With an impressive offseason in the books, once again excitement will be in the air in Coral Gables. The question is: will they live up to it in year two for Manny Diaz?

Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell have been working hard to get this class rolling last minute. After a good early National Signing Day Norvell looked to keep the momentum going. The Noles took a big hit Wednesday though, with the loss of Venice four star WR, Malachi Wideman, who flipped to Tennessee.

The Noles came back from that by landing a handful of other recruits. They got the number six Juco running back La’Damian Webb, ass well as, Robert Scott, an offensive lineman and Corey Wren, an athlete/running back.

Replacing Cam Akers will be tough for Norvell and building the offensive line is a top priority. The former Memphis coach came in late like he did, yet he finishes with a decent class sitting at 22 on 24/7.

Now the work begins turning around the former powerhouse.

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