Malik Jones, Freshman (RS), Defensive end, #52
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats (Senior Year): 70 tackles, 18 sacks
247sports composite Ratings: Three stars, 74th-best offensive tackle in the nation, 33rd-best player in Maryland
Who Maryland beat: UTEP, Rutgers
High School: Dunbar
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Malik Jones played both sides of the line at Dunbar, which has long been a pipeline for West Virginia (hi, Tavon Austin). In fact, of the 49 prospects from Dunbar in the Rivals database (which dates back to 2002), Jones is the only recruit to commit to Maryland.
Jones put together some impressive accolades while at Dunbar, and he was named to the Small School All-State team as well as the Baltimore Sun's second team All-Met squad. He played in the Crab Bowl last year, and while at Dunbar won three straight state championships.
Profiling the entire team
Jones was also offered by UTEP and Rutgers, but never swayed from the home school. He redshirted during his first season on campus, and earned two scout team defensive player of the week honors.
Two scout team defensive player of the week awards.
Three tackles for a loss.
Last year, our "dream season" for Jones had him "putting on 20 or 30 pounds while excelling on the squad team." He put on 20, earned two scout team defensive player of the week awards and found himself second on the spring depth chart at defensive end, behind starter Quinton Jefferson. Granted, Kingsley Opara was hurt and would have likely placed in front of Jones on the depth chart were he healthy, but Opara may now move to nose tackle with the loss of Nate Clarke. A more likely scenario sees Opara, Roman Braglio and Keith Bowers all rotate at nose tackle with starter Darius Kilgo, but Jones could see limited action this year off the bench.
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