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10 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Darell Jones

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In which BracketCat counts down the 10th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Darell Jones.

#10 Donnie Starks
Like his predecessor in the No. 10 jersey, Donnie Starks (10), Darell Jones has a chance to be a multiyear starter at defensive back. I just don’t think that multiyear run will begin in 2021, though.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

Goal No. 10: NEVER GIVE UP. Never, never, never.

#10 Darell Jones

True Freshman | 5-11 | 170 lbs. | Coffeyville, Kansas
Darell Jones
Darell Jones
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Darell Jones (b. Dec. 10, 2001) is a speedy defensive back from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville who plans on majoring in kinesiology and most likely will redshirt in 2021.

He prepped under head coach Deonta Wade at Field Kindley, where he was regarded as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Kansas for the Class of 2021 by ESPN and fifth by 247Sports, while the latter rated him the 70th-best athlete.

Jones picked up first-team all-state honors as a senior from Sports in Kansas, while he was an honorable mention pick by both The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle as a senior. He also was an honorable mention pick by the Capital-Journal as a junior.

Jones played in eight games as a senior, coming away with 51 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack and a pair of interceptions for the Golden Tornado. He also caught 14 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns during his final year as a prep.

Jones picked K-State over an offer from Eastern Michigan, plus interest from North Dakota and UNLV. His primary recruiter was his new position coach, Van Malone, who serves as assistant head coach, defensive passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach.