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A one-time 4-star quarterback recruit is leaving the Jackson State program.

Jalon Jones announced on social media that he would be entering the transfer portal.

“I want to announce that I’m entering the transfer portal,” Jones posted on Twitter. “I’m excited and thank God for this chapter of my life and career.”

The news comes on the heels of Jones being benched for redshirt freshman Quincy Casey after starting the first five games of the spring season.

On Tuesday, head coach Deion Sanders named Casey the starter for the Tigers’ season finale against Prairie View on April 24.

“Yes, certainly,” Sanders told the Clarion-Ledger. “I think he proved that. We’re happy with his productivity. We just have to maintain it throughout the week and keep him focused, and he wants to do that.”

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Casey went 30-of-47 for 323 yards, four touchdowns without throwing an interception in a 52-43 loss to Alabama A&M last Saturday.

Sanders expressed that he felt Jones needed to continually improve his performances in games and during practice.

For the season, Jones threw for 1,016 yards, 11 passing touchdowns and five rushing scores and completed 55.2 percent of his passes.

Jones, who was rated the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports out of Henrico High School in Richmond, Virginia, originally committed to Mississippi State before flipping to Florida after Dan Mullen took the Gators job.

Jones left the program weeks after arriving in Gainesville shortly after he was reportedly accused of sexual assault. Criminal charges were not pursued stemming from the allegations. In April 2019, Jones transferred to Jackson State under then-head coach John Hendrick.


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