"We have a tremendous deal with tradition," UT's new coach said in a Sports Page interview Friday morning. "We're talking about the new Tennessee and the old Tennessee."
The former University of Cincinnati coach has been immersed in recruiting since succeeding Derek Dooley as UT's coach.
Tennessee's currently has 18 commitments, including two junior college recruits, one of whom has signed.
"You may see one or two more from the junior college ranks," Jones said. "I believe they can help your football team.
"But we are going to win on a consistent basis with high school football players."
While Jones and his recently assembled staff have made recruiting their No. 1 priority, he also has tried to educate himself on the returning Tennessee players.
"Every time I'm in a plane, I look at our current roster, practice and game tape," he said.
But he said he would want to see a greater "body of work" — involving offseason conditioning and spring football — before judging players.
John Adams is a senior columnist. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.