Former USC cornerback Jack Jones arrested for burglary

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Former USC cornerback Jack Jones was arrested for commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime on Friday.

Any hopes to see Jack Jones back in a USC football jersey after getting his academics back in order were likely dashed on Friday when the cornerback was arrested by Ventura County Police.

Jones was booked on two felony counts for commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, per Keely Eure of His bail was set at $20,000.

This comes just days after Jones confirmed to media that he would leave USC to take classes at a junior college this fall with the hopes of regaining his eligibility. He was deemed academically ineligible following Spring Camp, which he sat out in order to focus on coursework.

Though Clay Helton indicated that there remained a possibility for Jones to return to the Trojans, this latest development all but ensures Jones’ future will not be at USC.

The Trojans at least can lean back on a strong group of cornerbacks to cover Jones. With Iman Marshall returning for his senior season, one starting job is locked down. Opposite Marshall, USC has veteran options like Isaiah Langley and Jonathan Lockett, as well as young prospects like Greg Johnson, Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart.

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Jones came to USC with a load of expectations. Dubbed the next Adoree’ Jackson, he was a five-star recruit with the athleticism to thrive on offensive, defense and special teams.

Granted, Jones didn’t exactly hit the ground running at USC like Jackson did. He appeared sparingly in all 13 games, with more action coming late in the season. That set him up for a starting job as a sophomore in 2017 and it seemed like he might be ready to live up to the hype.

Performing particularly well during the middle of the season, Jones was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after nabbing two interceptions against Cal. In fact, he led the Trojans with four interceptions on the year and received AP All-American third team and AP All-Pac-12 second team recognition.

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However, there were issues with Jones’ play. He was erratic in coverage, contributing his share to USC’s overall trend of defensive breakdowns in the secondary. He also had a habit of drawing unnecessary personal fouls.

Going into his junior season, Jones was expected to compete for his starting job with increasing depth at cornerback. But there was hope he could stabilize his play and reach his five-star level.

Unfortunately, the series of missteps beginning with his Spring Camp absence and ending with Friday’s arrest has left his football future in serious doubt.