Both former local recruits are returning home to play for new Terps head coach Mike Locksley. Jones was originally committed to Maryland before flipping to Ohio State in 2016, while Savoy was part of Virginia Tech’s 2017 class. The two become the first players to transfer to Maryland under Locksley.
Jones was a four-star recruit and one of the top prospects in Maryland’s 2016 class. But when Locksley was not retained by new head coach DJ Durkin, he explored other options. Jones and quarterback Dwayne Haskins flipped to Ohio State on the same day, just weeks before National Signing Day. Unlike Haskins, though, Jones struggled to establish himself on a loaded roster filled with blue-chip recruits. He played 15 games in his three seasons, recording 29 tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack.
While Savoy was never committed to Maryland in the 2017 recruiting cycle, the Terps were in the picture before he landed in Blacksburg. The wide receiver from Wilson High School in D.C. tallied 39 receptions, 454 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman, but his numbers took a step back in 2018 as he finished with 18 catches, 188 yards and two scores.
Unless Jones graduates (or has graduated) from Ohio State, he’ll have to sit out a season. Savoy would presumably have to sit as well, but it’s likely he could obtain a hardship waiver due to his brother’s death during the 2017 season, his mother’s health and College Park’s proximity to home. Either way, both players should make impacts as soon as they’re able to step on the field for the Terps.