Jones latest Illini to transfer

Jones latest Illini to transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Three more Illinois football players announced their plans to leave the program Friday. That brings the total to seven since the season ended with a home loss last Saturday to Northwestern.

Linebacker Julian Jones took to Twitter, posting his “permission to contact” letter. It allows other schools to connect with the Atlanta Westlake product.

The junior missed the last five games of the 2017 season with an injury and finished 11th on the team with 29 tackles.

His biggest play in 2017 came against Western Kentucky on Sept. 9. He intercepted a pass and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown during the Illini’s 20-7 win against the Hilltoppers — the last Illinois victory of the season.

Later on Friday, redshirt freshman linebacker Christion Abercrombie announced his plans to transfer. Abercrombie is also from Atlanta Westlake. And junior defensive back Chris James, from Orange, Texas, announced his decision to move on, as well.

Besides Abercrombie, James and Jones, other Illini transferring are offensive lineman Gabe Megginson, safety Pat Nelson, linebacker Tre Watson and defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo.

Jones arrived at Illinois as part of the 2015 class. The former Arkansas State commit flipped his decision to Illinois in December 2014.

The son of former Missouri defensive back Adrian Jones played as a true freshman — primarily on special teams — before getting suspended for the final three games of the 2015 season after he was arrested on Nov. 11, 2015 at an Illinois football practice for being a fugitive from justice on a charge of aggravated sexual battery and simple battery.

Reinstated to the team during spring practices in 2016, Lovie Smith’s first one at Illinois, Jones recorded 32 tackles last season and played in 11 games, making four starts.

Abercrombie, a redshirt freshman, played in 11 games this season for the Illini, tallying 11 total tackles. James, who played in nine games and started two this season, had 14 total tackles and added two pass breakups.

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Moonpie wrote on December 02, 2017 at 8:12 am

Oh, yeah--they'e really buying into Lovie Dovie Debacle Man!

The SS Lovie Titanic is taking on water. It will be fun to witness Silly Gazoo Sports and its trademark spin.

j8636 wrote on December 02, 2017 at 9:12 am

Losing and playing before half empty stadium takes its toll. This has to make potential recruits with other offers reconsider.