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South Carolina Football Recruiting: Former Alabama RB Tyren Jones Commits to Gamecocks

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The former Rivals Top 100 RB picks the Gamecocks during big recruiting weekend

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Former Alabama RB and JUCO standout Tyren Jones has committed to South Carolina.

A member of the Rivals Top 100 in 2013, Jones originally committed to the Crimson Tide in February 2012. After redshirting during the 2013 campaign, the 5'9", 220-pounder became Alabama's fourth-leading rusher in 2014, with 224 yards and two touchdowns.

Dismissed from the program last spring, the former Walton High School Raider signed with Hutchison Community College in June - filling the backfield void left by his once-Alabama teammate and current Tennessee star Alvin Kamara. Jones averaged a whopping 6.2 YPC in 2015 at Hutchison, with 106 carries for 658 yards and five touchdowns.

Jones' pledge should prove to be a major boost for South Carolina's RB corps. The Gamecocks' top returning RB, soon-to-be RS JR David Williams, showed glimpses during his third year in the program, but ultimately averaged 3.5 YPC in 2015.

The Marietta, Ga. native is the Gamecocks' third RB commitment this cycle, joining the likes of C.J. Freeman and Rico Dowdle. Jones makes his commitment in the midst of the Gamecocks' second big recruiting weekend in as many weeks. His primary recruiter is new RB coach Bobby Bentley.