Former Jefferson Star DT Will Be a Bull

The USF coaching staff has been looking for immediate help on the D-Line, and they may have found some, from all the way out west! Find out why this 6'2, 300 pound NG/DT originally from Jefferson HS is coming back home. Only on!

It's no secret the Bulls want to bulk up on the defensive line. They've been slowly improving by signing guys through the high school ranks, but have also gone through the JUCO route to find impact players like David Bedford last year. This year is no different as the staff looks for immediate help, and they might have found that help when former Jefferson star Anthony Jones, a 6-foot-2, 300 pound DT who is now at Foothills College said he will be a Bull.

"I'll be joining the Bulls this fall," said Jones. "I'm excited to be finally coming home."

While at Foothills Jones was named 1st Team All-Nor-Cal Conference and defensive MVP after recording 35 tackles, 17 solo, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 7 QBH, 1 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovered in nine games. As a freshman Jones had 42 total tackles with 36 solo, 7 TFL, 3 sacks, 6 QBH, 1 FR, and served as team captain both years.

"I already knew I was coming home," said Jones. "I knew before I started my second year at Foothills."

Jones said he will be coming in as a walk-on this fall and before choosing to play for the Bulls Jones said he had plenty of interest and also had offers from several schools out west.

"I had scholarship offers from Oregon, Washington State and other schools out west, but thought it is better for me to come to USF and work for a scholarship," said Jones. "I've been out west for two years and coming back home, that's the big thing."

Wanting to come back home played a big part in his choice but was just one of the reason for Jones.

"It's just perfect timing for me," said Jones. "Coach Simmonds was at Jefferson for my senior year, and then got a job at USF while I was at junior college. So when I heard he was at USF that was another big thing that attracted me to them. "

Being from Tampa, Jones said he's somewhat familiar with the team and has followed the program as much as he could.

"Coming back home wasn't the only reason I want to be at USF," said Jones. "They had a great last few years and are an up and coming team. I want to be part of the team and help them as much as I can," said Jones. ‘I want to help them win a Big East championship."

While at Jefferson, Jones was named first team all-western conference both as a junior and as a senior, and was an All-State honorable mention his senior year. Jones was a three-year starter for Jefferson, and played in the Class 3A state championship twice in his four seasons. Jones came on strong as a junior and senior with 70 tackles and 8.5 sacks his senior season, which was preceded by 50 tackles and 10 sacks during his junior campaign. He signed with Colorado State out of high school in 2006 but didn't qualify, he was also recruited by Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Louisville, and San Diego State among others, but USF wasn't really in the mix.

"USF came out and saw me at the All-Star game and told me they contact me, but the D-line coach back then Earl Lane went to LSU after the season, and I never heard much from them," said Jones.

Jones has been seen at several spring practices and at the USF sling and shoot and was living in Plant City, but has just moved closer to USF. Jones is currently finishing two online classes and is expected to be done on the 28th. He then plans on enrolling at USF and being part of the team this fall.

"I've been in regular contact with them over the past year," said Jones. "They don't have any scholarships available this fall, but if I work hard can earn one for the spring."

Nothing is set in stone yet, but if all works out, Jones should be a Bull by this fall, and knows what he brings to the game.

"I bring intensity and I'm very physical. I use my size and athletic ability to stop the run, to get penetration, and make things happen."

Stay tuned with as we update you on Anthony's status over the few weeks.

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