Defensive end Jones de-commits, picks FIU
Lake Gibson defensive end James Jones, one of USF's earliest oral commitments back in July, has backed out of that pledge and committed this weekend to Florida International, his teammate Josh Garvin said Monday.
"Some of the coaches stopped keeping in contact with him," said Garvin, an offensive lineman who committed to USF with Jones and said he remains firm in that commitment.
Jones, rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, could not be reached for comment; Garvin said his friend had lost the charger for his cellphone. Jones' backing out comes the same weekend that USF landed perhaps its biggest commitment yet, from David Bedford, a four-star end from Independence Community College in Kansas.
As recently as last week, Jones had re-affirmed his commitment to USF, saying he would be making his official visit on Jan. 25, along with Garvin and teammate Ricky Barnum, an offensive lineman who has since committed to Florida.
USF has been moving close to its limit for available scholarships, so Jones' decision puts one more scholarship in play for two key recruiting weekends remaining for the Bulls between now and national signing day on Feb. 6. We now have the Bulls with 21 commitments and 21 available scholarships, though others could come available through normal attrition. USF has signed more than its limit in recent years, anticipating that some signees may fail to initially qualify academically.