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WR Chris Jones transferring to Maryland football, per report

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Receivers coach Chris Beatty was reportedly instrumental in getting him to College Park.

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Former DeMatha Catholic (Md.) receiver Chris Jones is returning to play in his home state, according to InsideMdSports’ Ahmed Ghafir.

Jones committed to Wisconsin out of high school but didn’t meet the school’s academic standards, so he enrolled at Toledo instead. He didn’t actually play a down for the Rockets, and had left the team by 2015 spring practice. He arrives at Maryland on Sunday, Ghafir reports.

Jones, a three-star prospect, was the No. 17 player in Maryland and the No. 82 receiver in the class of 2014, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Maryland wide receiver coach Chris Beatty recruited Jones to Wisconsin when he held the same position there, and was key to getting him to College Park, Jones told IMS.

“He had reached out to me and he and I already had a great, great relationship,” Jones said. “He was telling me about the opportunity there so I was actually up there almost all week just making sure that everything was set.”

Jones will be joining several former DeMatha teammates on the Terps.

“I feel like once DJ [Turner], Tino [Ellis] and Lorenzo [Harrison] decided to stay home, staying home was something a lot of guys wanted to do. There’s a lot of buzz and excitement around the program right now," he told IMS.

He’s the second transfer wide receiver the team has added recently, joining New Mexico State graduate Teldrick Morgan. Jones has three years remaining and is immediately eligible, according to IMS.