Running back Tyren Jones of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas began his college football career in the SEC at Alabama and will end it at South Carolina.
The Marietta, Ga., native committed Sunday to the Gamecocks at the conclusion of his official visit. USC was the only official visit he took, though he visited Auburn unofficially for the Iron Bowl.
“Everything fit me with them as far as coming in and playing,” Jones said. “I have a good relationship with the coaches and the system itself and the opportunity for me, I love it, I loved everything.”
Jones (5-foot-9, 215 pounds) was a highly recruited back of out of high school but ran ran into disciplinary issues at Alabama that led to his dismissal from the team. He landed at Hutchinson last summer and resurrected his. Playing in a crowded backfield, he rushed for 655 yards and five touchdowns and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.
Jones had 36 carries for 224 yards as a reserve redshirt freshman in 2014 for the Crimson Tide.
“I’ll have a role coming in and they asked me if I’m ready to get the ball 20 to 30 times a game,” he said. “Just knowing me and what I bring to the table, I’ll do what I can do and try to help us win a national championship.”
Jones is the third running back commitment in the 2016 class for USC, and he gives the Gamecocks 23 newcomers for next season.