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QB Quadry Jones Has Returned to UCF

Jones decided to transfer to Alabama State in December but apparently had a change of heart

Quadry Jones is a UCF Knight once again following a his short stay at Alabama State.
Photo: Derek Warden

Quadry Jones has returned home.

The once-former UCF Knights quarterback has re-enrolled at UCF less than a month after his decision to transfer to Alabama State. The redshirt sophomore wrote Thursday night on Twitter that he “chose to comeback to be a part of a brotherhood !”

UCFSports.com’s Brandon Helwig first reported the Jones-UCF reunion during a radio interview on Jan. 22.

Jones, an Orlando native and Jones High graduate, announced on Dec. 3 that he had entered the transfer portal after spending two seasons in the UCF program. On Dec. 30, he said he would be committing to the Alabama State Hornets.

A few weeks later, ehhh, don’t worry about that.

But Jones isn’t officially back on the Knights’ roster yet. As told to the Orlando Sentinel, Jones’ understanding is that he will be eligible immediately, on scholarship and ready to take part in spring practices once all of the formal paperwork is processed. According to Hays, Jones anticipates “no issues” to that end. Plus, it’s a good sign that Jones has already been allowed to re-enroll in classes at UCF.

“I’m very glad to be back around my brothers and the people who invested in me [during] my time here,” Jones told the Sentinel. “Once I entered the portal [at Alabama State] and was able to get in touch with [UCF] coaches, they were happy and welcomed me back.”

It’s big news for the Knights, who desperately needed to add another quarterback behind Dillon Gabriel and Darriel Mack Jr. as McKenzie Milton’s status for the 2020 season remains totally up in the air.

Of course, as fate would have it, UCF picked up a verbal commitment from a high school quarterback earlier Thursday night. Parker Navarro, a three-star recruit out of Phoenix, made his decision public via Twitter.

But with Jones almost certainly back in the fold, that should allow Narvarro to redshirt and learn. Maybe Jones will continue to be a third-stringer and lightly used gimmick player, but his mere presence is important. This re-infusion of depth, talent and experience at the quarterback position is a gift for UCF.

And don’t forget: Jones is still a perfect passer as a Knight. In four career games, he is 4-for-4 passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns.