NCF On The Trail: D.J. Jones

Closing strong key for Rebels in 2015 class 

December, 31, 2014
Hugh Freeze has once again put together a solid recruiting class for the Ole Miss Rebels. With the 16th-ranked recruiting class in the country, Ole Miss has 16 verbal commitments, including six ranked in the ESPN 300. In recent years the Rebels have done an outstanding job of recruiting in Georgia and Florida. The Rebels are hoping a big win over TCU at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta will only help their recruiting efforts in those fertile states.

Midterm junior college signing day winners are headlined by Ole Miss and Oklahoma, but they weren’t the only programs that improved Wednesday.

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ESPN Juco 50: Battle to watch in the SEC 

December, 3, 2014
The SEC is well represented in the debut of the 2015 ESPN Juco 50. An incredible 18 JC 50 members are committed to SEC schools including nine of the top 15 players. The top two players in the JC 50, both running backs, Jovon Robinson and Alvin Kamara, are committed to Auburn and Tennessee, respectively.

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Whether recruits are attending games this holiday weekend or watching on television, all eyes around the recruiting world will be focused on several rivalry games. From the Iron Bowl to the Egg Bowl there will be recruiting implications throughout the conference this weekend. Here’s a closer look at how these game might affect the top remaining recruits.

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Juco recruits to watch: ACC 

October, 6, 2014
ESPN’s Juco Watch List was released Monday, and there are names to know heading into the ACC. While the conference as a whole doesn’t heavily recruit the junior college level like others, impactful players have entered the conference in recent years. Even though there are only three junior college prospects currently committed to ACC schools, the trio has the chance to hit the field running in 2015.

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When you’re one of the top junior college prospects in the country, the spring evaluation period can be both a blessing and a curse. Just ask defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

Jones already has offers from a who’s who of college football, including Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC.

Jones has taken a number of unofficial visits this spring, including recent trips to Auburn and Tennessee. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina look to be the schools highest on his list. But don’t be surprised if the Head Ball Coach lands Jones in the end. Jones is originally from Piedmont, S.C., and he openly talks about wanting to get back closer to home.