Trying to find the right fit

With three years to play his final two season of eligibility, East Mississippi CC defensive tackle D.J. Jones wants to find the right kind of situation.

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The 6-2, 310-pound prospect wants to pick a school where he knows he'll have a more than good chance of playing early.

After making a recruiting stop by East Mississippi last month, Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks reminded Jones that Clemson will need some help along the interior of the defensive line in 2015.

"He just continues to tell me who they're losing, how I would come in and how I would fit in. That's pretty much it," Jones told CUTigers during a recent interview. "That's the main key for me right now that I'm looking at, seeing who's coming out and how I can go in."

Clemson will lose three seniors after this season: Grady Jarrett, Josh Watson and DeShawn Williams. D.J. Reader and Carlos Watkins, both of whom are juniors, will be eligible for the draft.

It could be an ideal situation for Jones, who graduated from Wren High School in 2013. But he has plenty of options, including Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and just about every other big-time program in the country.

"It's a blessing, truthfully. It's crazy. Two years ago, I was just trying to get an offer from Appalachian State, now I've got an offer from every team in the SEC, almost," Jones said.

What's changed?

"Before, I wasn't coachable. Now, I'm just taking everything I'm being coached and using it," he said. "I'm not just letting it go in one ear and go out the other."

A four-star prospect, according to, Jones is currently weighing out his options for next year.

"In about two weeks, I'll break my list down. I don't know what the number is right now, but I think I'll break it down to about to 10," he said.

During Jones' first season at EMCC, he had 49 total tackles, including eight for a loss and eight sacks. He also forced and recovered one fumble. Top Stories