A Maryland starting safety has plunged into NCAA transfer portal
A prominent member of Maryland’s secondary has decided to enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal. He made the announcement on Thursday night on Twitter.
Former four-star defensive back and six-game starter for the Terrpains Deon Jones announced his decision to enter the portal. He will have the opportunity to explore opportunities to continue his college football career elsewhere.
“To my brothers, I love y’all boys with all of my heart. The blood, sweat and tears that we put into this program will never be forgotten,” Jones wrote. “I have formed unbreakable relationships with y’all boys, and you will have my continued support forever. However, there are times in life when doing what’s best requires you to make extremely difficult decisions.
“With that being said, I am entering the transfer portal in pursuit of a new home.”
— XIV (@jonesd_14) February 13, 2020
Jones has spent three seasons at Maryland, and was a four-star member of the program’s 2017 recruiting class. He redshirted his first season in College Park before playing each of the last two seasons. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
According to his tweet, Jones will be graduating from Maryland in May 2020, meaning he’ll have immediate eligibility for the upcoming season, regardless of where he transfers.
Last season, Jones appeared in 10 games for the Terps, making six starts. He finished the year with 34 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass break-up. In 2018, he played in 11 contests, collected 17 stops and forced a fumble.
Maryland finished the 2019 season with a 3-9 record.