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3 DAYS TO 2023 KICKOFF: Darell Jones

In which BracketCat counts down the third day until the 2023 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State cornerback Darell Jones.

#3 Kiondre Thomas
With his jersey number change in 2022, redshirt sophomore Darell Jones is the first Wildcat cornerback to wear the No. 3 jersey since Kiondre Thomas back in 2020 and Aamaris Brown in 2021.
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Goal No. 3: UNITY. Come together as never before.

#3 Darell Jones

Redshirt Sophomore | 5-11 | 180 lbs. | Coffeyville, Kansas
Darell Jones
Darell Jones
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: On Scholarship

Darell Jones (b. Dec. 10, 2001) is a speedy defensive back majoring in social sciences from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville who redshirted and did not see playing time in 2021.

After also not seeing any playing time during the 2022 Big 12 Championship season, Jones briefly entered the transfer portal in the offseason but later withdrew and returned to KSU.

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 position coach, Van Malone, who serves as assistant head coach, defensive passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach.

Jones appears to be something of a physical specimen, seeing as he recently tied Terence Newman’s record (41.5 inches) for the vertical jump during spring workouts. According to head coach Chris Klieman, he also has 4.4 speed and he has been clocked at 22.48 mph.

Defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman said in the spring Jones has the talent to contribute:

Darell Jones and Jordan Wright are good enough to play in the Big 12 (Conference) and it’s just on us to find different roles and situations where we can use those guys, whether it’s in nickel or dime packages where we can put those guys in and be cover guys, blitzers and underneath-zone guys.