KU football MVP Countdown: No. 14, Elijah Jones


Elijah Jones

Elijah Jones

Scott Frost and his coaching staff didn’t transform an 0-12 UCF football program into a 13-0 one in two years by making poor decisions evaluating talent.

That qualifies as one reason to believe Kansas improved its secondary by signing long-limbed, 6-foot-1 cornerback Elijah Jones. He originally committed to UCF and switched to Kansas after Frost was hired by Nebraska.

Auburn was among powerhouse football programs interested in Jones, who had a lot of work to do academically to ensure himself of qualifying. He completed the work. The word on Jones is that if academics were not at issue, powerhouse programs would have pursued him more aggressively.

As a freshman at Ellsworth Community College, Jones had three interceptions. He intercepted four passes as a sophomore.

Fast and a good leaper, Jones has a shot at developing into a valuable playmaker for KU’s defense. It might not happen right away because the transition to the FBS from junior college can be a tough one for cornerbacks, but he definitely has a high ceiling.


Bryson Stricker 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I think it's interesting you have him this high for us this year. I think Jones is someone this staff should be doing everything in their power to sneak a redshirt out of with the new rule. His upper classmen leadership could be huge a year and two down the line imo.

I don't think he's projected to start which is why it is surprising he is this high.

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