Update: 247 Sports is reporting it's not quite done yet, but will still likely happen. Jones's Twitter suggests he certainly thinks he's committed.
Maryland starts six seniors on their front seven -- it's no secret they'll need some extra help up front on defense come next season. They've attempted to do so by bringing in local 3-star commitment Keiron Howard at defensive tackle and a number of linebackers, but now they've knocked another big item off their checklist: a JuCo defensive lineman.
Butler Community College (Kans.) defensive lineman Ulric Jones committed to Maryland Monday, as first reported by Rivals.
It's a big-time pickup for Maryland: Jones is rated as a three-star prospect, but committed to Mississippi State out of Oxford (Ala.) High School, and chose the Terps over offers from the Bulldogs and USC. He was rumored to be an Oregon lean for quite some time, but was waiting on an offer from the Ducks.
Jones is rated as the 91st-best JuCo prospect in the country by the 247sports composite and the seventh-best JuCo strong-side defensive end.
Listed at 6'6.5 and 283 pounds, Jones is a pretty massive defensive lineman who could see immediate playing time at defensive tackle or defensive end. As far as linemen prospects still on the board, there will always be a spot open for five-star defensive end Byron Cowart, as well as potentially one for either Illinois prospect Wesley Annan and New York target Austrian Robinson, both three-star recruits.
Here's Jones's highlight tape. Enjoy: