Kentucky thought it had opened the door and found an unexpected package of gold at the doorstep when Ohio offensive tackle Marcelys Jones decided to transfer from Ohio State and move to Lexington in June. On Monday, however, it felt more like fool’s gold.
On the same day that head coach Mark Stoops announced that Patrick Towles would be the team’s starting quarterback in 2015, Stoops announced that Jones has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
True, you can’t miss something you never really had, but the loss of Jones is a tough blow to the future of a promising offensive line. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder out of Cleveland was rated as the 17th-best offensive guard prospect in the class of 2014 when Ohio State beat out Kentucky on signing day in 2014. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
After playing sparingly last year for the national champs, Jones decided that he wanted out of Columbus and ended up in Lexington, where he enrolled at UK. He was to sit out this season as a transfer before being eligible in 2016. With starting left tackle Jordan Swindle a senior this season, you could have envisioned a scenario of Jones and George Asafo-Adeji starting at the tackle spots down the road on a line that could include heralded UK O-line commits Drake Jackson and Landon Young.
That won’t happen now. Having now left two FBS programs, Jones might re running out of opportunities. As for Kentucky, at least the dismissal happened during a transfer year instead of next season, when the four-star prospect might have been occupied an important role. Transfers can be tricky. This one didn’t work out.