Former top Minnesota recruit arrested on felony drug charge

Things keep getting worse for Jeff Jones.

The Star-Tribune reported that the former top Minnesota recruit was arrested on Thursday on a felony drug charge. To make matters worse, he also had a firearm on him. If convicted on the drug charge, he would face a minimum of three years in prison. He could face up to a five-year sentence if convicted.

In December, the former Mr. Football in Minnesota transferred to Iowa Western Community College after he struggled to remain academically eligible in Minneapolis.

Shortly after transferring, Jones was kicked off the team at Iowa Western for a violation of team rules, according to the Star-Tribune. In March, Jones was charged with assault with intent to inflict serious injury. He was arrested by Bloomington Police on Thursday because of an outstanding warrant for a narcotics charge.

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The Star-Tribune reported that Jones was pulled over in Bloomington, Minn. on a simple speeding charge, which allowed cops to discover his narcotics warrant from Iowa. Jones reportedly had 1.78 grams of cocaine in his sock and a .38 caliber handgun in the car. Jones claimed the cocaine wasn’t his but that he dealt marijuana and that he did own the gun.

His bail is at $28,000.

The former Washburn High School star was the No. 60 overall player in the 2014 class and was the MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game. With future NFL tailback David Cobb in the fold, Jones didn’t play as a freshman and the Gophers moved him to receiver in 2015 to add some needed skill on the outside.

Tracy Claeys had hoped that Jones would possibly return to the Gophers if he got back on track in Iowa. Unfortunately, Jones’ college football days look all but over.

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