Ladies and Gentlemen... presenting defensive line week! A position group much maligned since Jadeveon Clowney’s departure in 2013, we’re going to take a deep dive on the front four looking to lead a resurgence for the Gamecock pass rush. Here’s a preview of what’s to come the next week or so:
#93 Ulric Jones
RS-Senior / 6’6” / 309 / Oxford, Ala. / Butler CC via Oxford
For those not in the college football know, the state of Kansas is chock-full of great JUCO football programs. From Coffeeville to Dodge City and Garden City — these schools are pipelines of taking scorned high schools prospects and churning them out to elite programs.
Butler CC falls in the famous Jayhawk Conference and gave the Gamecocks Ulric Jones, an Alabama native who originally committed to South Carolina in high school but took the JUCO route out of school. After starring two years at Butler, Jones came to SC and redshirted in 2015.
But in 2016 Jones led all interior lineman at SC in tackles and will be a leader on the defense this season. Jones should be fun to watch and will probably say some interesting things too.
Select highlight: Check out Jones taunt Josh Dobbs on the ground here. Whether you like showboating or not, this is funny.
2016 Stats: 42 tackles, two blocked kicks
Recruitment: Three-star; offers from Oregon, Southern Cal, Mississippi State and Maryland and South Carolina. Committed to the Gamecocks on Feb. 11, 2014.
Next Up: Javon Kinlaw, a JUCO signee whose size makes him an intriguing prospect for the South Carolina Gamecocks.