East Carolina University’s football team has landed another transfer during this highly successful recruiting period. Ryan Jones, an inside linebacker at Oklahoma, announced on Twitter Friday his commitment to play […]
East Carolina University’s football team has landed another transfer during this highly successful recruiting period. Ryan Jones, an inside linebacker at Oklahoma, announced on Twitter Friday his commitment to play for Mike Houston and the Pirates.
Jones, who was a four-star recruit out of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2017, is a graduate transfer and is expected to have two years of eligibility remaining, according to Stephen Igoe of 247Sports.com.
Jones committed to Oklahoma in January of 2017 and played two seasons for the Sooners. Over that pair of seasons, the 6’2″ Jones saw the field 18 times, racking up 29 total tackles, 21 of which were solo and 2.5 tackles for loss from his linebacker position.
At ECU, however, Jones is slated to jump to the offensive side of the football and play tight end and possibly slot wide receiver, according to Igoe. Jones played both wide receiver and safety in high school before making the switch to defense full-time with Oklahoma.
As a prospect, Jones was ranked as the sixth-best athlete in the state of North Carolina for the 2017 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports.com.
At the tight end position, the Pirate already have Zech Byrd and Jeremy Lewis on the roster, while Shane Calhoun is a three-star prospect from Florida that will add depth to the position group as a freshman.
Jones joins a slew of other transfers from five Power 5 conference to commit to ECU. Running back Chase Hayden from Arkansas, offensive guard Avery Jones from UNC and defensive back Nigel Knott from Alabama are some other players from big-name schools that have found their way to Greenville, North Carolina this off-season.