SMU adds blue-chip Nebraska safety transfer Cam'ron Jones

By Shane Roper

Nebraska defensive back Cam’ron Jones will transfer to SMU as part of the 2019 signing class. 247Sports was first on the report.

Jones redshirted in 2018 after suffering a shoulder injury, but would likely have to sit out the 2019 season per transfer rules. However, Jones will also likely appeal for immediate eligibility with the Mustangs. If his appeal to play immediately is denied, he could still petition to receive a medical redshirt for the 2018 season and have four years remaining with the Mustangs.

Regardless of when Jones is eligible to play, his addition is a major coup for Sonny Dykes and the Mustangs. Jones was rated a four-star prospect and the No. 289 player in the nation by the 247Sports composite in the class of 2018. He had nearly a dozen Power Five offers, including UCLA and Oklahoma.

Jones steps in at the perfect time. Safeties Patrick Nelson and Rodney Clemons will be the strength of the defense in 2019, but both are seniors. Clemons will also be working with a new backup after Cole Sterns’ graduation. Jones, a dominant force in the box, should step in right away and be a disruptive presence.

As a senior at Mansfield, Jones posted 80 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, four passes defended, three blocked field goals and an interception.

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