There is bad blood in the Deep South. The University of Mississippi doesn’t like Mississippi State University, and Mississippi State doesn’t like Ole Miss. Almost for that simple reason alone, there are few transfer students that go from one school to the other.
After entering the transfer portal on Wednesday, cornerback Jarrian Jones took his talents to Oxford on May 23. The Brandon, Mississippi native had an interesting path to playing in the SEC West.
During his initial college recruitment, Jones de-committed from Mississippi State, committed to Oklahoma, de-committed from Oklahoma University, before signing with Mississippi State for his freshman year. Last season, he played in 11 games as a true freshman. He racked up 12 total tackles and two pass breakups.
Even though he plays a position of need for the Rebels, Jones may not be able to make an immediate impact. Since he played last year, Jones did not burn his redshirt. All signs point to him using the redshirt if he is denied immediate eligibility or doesn’t apply for it. Jones should expect to feature for the Rebels in the years following.
The Rebels didn’t only poach Jones from Mississippi State. They were able to coax Terrell Buckley, the safeties coach since 2016, to come and become the cornerback’s coach. This move reunites Jones and Buckley, as well as, adds a great recruiter and talent developer to the Ole Miss staff.
Jarrion Jones joins a defensive back room in flux. However, there is a stark lack of veteran talent; the group is led by Jaylon Jones, Keidron Smith, and Jon Haynes, all returners who have played more than one year of college football. The change of coaching staff brought in a new cast of defensive coaches, namely D.J. Durkin, Chris Partridge, and Buckley, and players. Ole Miss was aggressive in recruiting transfer players this signing period, getting signatures from Otis Reese, Lakevias Daniel, C.J. Terrell, and Jones.
The returning players, along with the influx of talent, gives Ole Miss’s new coaching staff a relatively blank slate to work with. If Jones is able to play (if anyone gets to play that is) this season, expect him to play an important role in the Rebel defensive secondary.
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