JUCO DT offer out

D.J. Jones picked up his first scholarship offer shortly after he transferred from Carolina High School to nearby Wren. That was from Newberry.

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By the time he graduated in 2013, Jones had offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb. Tennessee was expressing interest. He opted for East Mississippi Community College.

After one season of JUCO ball, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Southern Cal offered. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables hit him up on Monday to let him know the Tigers were throwing their hat into the ring.

"It was early today when coach Venables messaged me on Twitter and made it official," Jones told CUTigers on Monday night.

There wasn't "too much" contact between Jones and Clemson before Venables informed him of the offer. It was the same deal back when he was still in high school.

"Just for a little bit my junior year," Jones said of his earlier involvement with Clemson.

Now listed at 6-foot-2, 310 pounds, Jones is happy to have the offer.

"I'm the type of person that wanted to stay, if I could, in my home. That was in high school. That's not exactly a factor right now," Jones said, "But it would be sweet to stay home."

With so many big-time offers to his name, Jones described it as a "relief." But there were two that he really wanted before heading out to Mississippi.

"I just wanted to get South Carolina and Clemson," Jones said. "I wanted to get those offers, just being from the state of South Carolina. I was just hoping that they would come around. It was a relief that they did."

It will be a little while before Jones gets back out on the recruiting trail.

"I have to be here for an entire year," he said. "That's coming up soon, so my visits should pick up then."

During his first season at EMCC, Jones had 49 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

"Just to throw this in there, I never played a full game. I always pulled out after the first half," he said.

EMCC went 12-0 and won the NJCAA National Championship.

"Not bragging, we were the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation," Jones said. "We blew teams out."

He'll be at EMCC for one more season before heading off to a school from the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 or Pac 12.

"Family environment, somewhere I know I'll fit it, I'll be comfortable, somewhere with a good defensive line coach. I'm actually looking for a great one, someone that produces a lot of players to the NFL, something that is good with my major, Sports Management, which not a lot of schools offer," Jones said, when asked what factors he'll be considering.

Proximity from his home back in the Upstate won't be that big of a factor.

"My parents just want me to get a good education," Jones said.

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