So much for making the most of a fresh start at Kentucky. Marcelys Jones, the former Ohio State Buckeye offensive lineman who transferred to Kentucky earlier this summer, has been dismissed from the Kentucky football program by head coach Mark Stoops. Jones was dismissed for a violation of team rules.
Jones left Ohio State in search of a better opportunity for some playing time, and Kentucky seemed to benefit from the addition of the former Army All-American. Jones seemed to relish the opportunity to make an impact with the Wildcats. For whatever reason — because a violation of team rules could mean just about anything — that will not come to fruition. Jones would have had to sit out the 2015 season regardless due to NCAA transfer rules, and should he wind up at another FBS program at this point this would still be the case.
No word on the exact violation of team rules was the ultimate demise for Jones’ time at Kentucky, and it may never be revealed. Whatever the case, we shall wait to see just what comes next for Jones.
It looks like it did not take very long for transferring Ohio State offensive lineman Marcelys Jones to find a new football home. As initially expected by some, Kentucky looks to be the choice for Jones.
Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio reports, via Twitter, the former Army All-American has indeed committed to Kentucky. No official word from Kentucky has come at this time, but Kentucky was expected to be a leading candidate for Jones once he opted to leave Ohio State on what was reported as a mutual decision. Jones visited Kentucky yesterday and met with Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince Morrow.
As is typical in NCAA transfers, Jones will have to sit out the 2015 season before being ruled eligible to play once again in 2016 due to transfer rules. At that time he should be ready to compete for a starting job on Kentucky’s offensive line.
Ohio State is not exactly lacking in the depth department on its roster this fall, but it did lose an offensive lineman today. Marcelys Jones has left the Buckeyes, multiple reports confirmed today. According to those reports, the decision was a mutual one between player and coaches.
Jones appeared in two games last season during Ohio State’s championship season. After going through spring practices in Columbus, Jones reportedly did not show up for Ohio State’s summer sessions and informed the coaches of his decision to not return. Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch notes the loss of Jones drops Ohio State to 85 scholarship players on the roster, the maximum allowed by the NCAA. Eleven Warriors, however, notes the total may only be 84 players following news Mirko Jurkovic will not be eligible to enroll due to academics.
Jones will be forced to sit out the 2015 season if he transfers to another FBS program due to NCAA transfer rules. Of course, he would be ruled eligible to play right away this fall if he lands at an FCS or lower division school.