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Deon Jones should push for early playing time if he's healthy in 2017

Profiles in Terpage continues Cornerbacks Week with one of Maryland's top incoming freshmen.

Deon Jones
Deon Jones
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Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on the linebackers; this week, we’re venturing into the secondary with Cornerbacks Week.

Deon Jones, CB, No. 14

Height: 6’0
Weight: 195 lbs.
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Oxon Hill, Maryland
High school: Potomac

How he got to College Park

Jones is one of the highlights of Coach DJ Durkin’s first top-20 recruiting class, as one of eight incoming four-star recruits and Maryland’s second highest-rated 2017 commit according to 247Sports. Jones was the No. 3 recruit in the state of Maryland and was a top-15 cornerback in his class when he committed.

The Terps won out over Clemson and a handful of other schools before an injury forced him to miss the 2016 season. Jones enrolled early to rehab his knee, and was limited in spring practice.

2017 prospectus

Jones hasn’t played since his junior year of high school, for Archbishop Carroll in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He was named First Team All-WCAC, and could be a playmaker for Maryland if he can regain this form.

If Jones has finished rehab, he’s in a good position to push for playing time early. Maryland will only return three cornerbacks with collegiate starting experience, and Jones figures to start out high on the depth chart. The Terps' 4-2-5 defense calls for a nickel corner in the secondary, and Durkin doesn’t mind playing freshmen, so it is not unreasonable for Jones to push for a starting job before the end of the season.

Dream season

Jones enters fall camp fully rehabbed from his injury, starting out on the second string to get reacclimated to game speed. He pushes the returners for snaps by making plays when he’s on the field, and forces Durkin to start him before too long. He impresses, and a starting job is his to lose going into his sophomore season.

Up next

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