DL DJ Jones (6-2 305) was one of the state’s top prospects in 2012 at Wren and he played in the Shrine Bowl, but after a season at East Mississippi JC, he’s emerged as one of the top prospects in the country. Jones has offers from USC, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, Ole Miss, Southern Cal, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU. Last season he had 49 tackles and 8 sacks and his high school coaches sees nothing but greatness ahead. “If he stays healthy, he will play in the NFL,” Jeff Tate said. “He’s so explosive. He gets great leverage. He’s a man among boys. He’s different from the rest of them. He runs, he’s athletic and e has strong hands.” Jones has not taken any visits yet and nothing is scheduled though he’s looking at visiting USC for the spring game. He’s in touch with Gamecock defensive line coach Deke Adams. “He said they are losing a few defensive lineman and he can see me coming in and playing inside and playing a big role,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t give anybody a lead right now. I’m feeling everything the same.” But coach Tate thinks one team has the edge. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up at Carolina,” Tate said. “He just wants to play in the SEC. Clemson has shown some interest but they’re not big on getting junior college transfers, but they do like him.” Jones admitted the chance to play back at home has USC in a good spot with him. “Being that it is my home state, they’ve got a little edge on everybody else,” he said. Jones said USC is definite for one of his official visits and Alabama, Florida State and Southern Cal are likely but not definite. He plans to get down to five schools during his season then make his decision in December which is when he finishes up at the junior college. Jones’ new teammate is USC signee DE Dante Sawyer and the two have talked about taking their new friendship to Columbia. “He’s pushing me to commit,” Jones said. “I doubt he goes anywhere else. I think he’ll stick with USC.
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