Former Hillcrest Linebacker Transfers To Kentucky
Former Tuscaloosa County High and Hillcrest High School linebacker, Jacquez Jones announced via his social media that he will be transferring to the University of Kentucky to continue his football career. Jones a standout linebacker for the Ole Miss Rebels the last two seasons becomes the latest player to take advantage of the SEC's new rules on intraconference transfers.
Jones led the Rebels in tackles last season with 75 tackles, he was second on the team in tackles in 2019. In three seasons in The Grove he accumulated 182 tackles and 2.5 sacks while forcing three fumbles during his time in the SEC. Jones was rated the No. 15 player in Alabama and the No. 10 linebacker in the country as a senior in high school.
Jones leaves the Ole Miss defense, which was last in the SEC in giving up points last season (38.3) and will join the Kentucky defense that was fifth in the league last season in points allowed (25.9). The Wildcats were fourth in the league in yards given up per game last year, giving up 380 yards while the Rebels defense was last, allowing 519 yards per game.
The 6-foot-1 linebacker will reunite with Jon Sumrall in Kentucky. Sumrall served as linebackers coach at Ole Miss during Jones' freshman year. He will expect to start for Kentucky next to DeAndre Square in the middle, providing the Wildcats with two experienced inside backers to anchor their defense.
Jones began his high school career with Tuscaloosa County High School before transferring across town to Hillcrest. He was a member of the 2017 Hillcrest Patriots team that made the state semifinals for the first time since 1985.
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