Ohio State Overview: Back-to-back terrific seasons has positioned fourth-year junior defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones as one of the top defenders on the Ohio State defense for the 2018 season … the veteran of 25 games and 23 starts has 72 career tackles and nine tackles-for-loss, for losses totaling 26 yards … Jones earned third-team all-Big Ten Conference honors in 2017 and he was named a game “champion” by OSU coaches seven times last season, including player of the game honors vs. UNLV … he red-shirted the 2015 season and then had a breakthrough season in 2016 when he moved into a starting defensive tackle position as a red-shirt freshman and was a 12-game starter by season’s end … Jones finished as the team’s leading tackler among defensive line players with 52 total tackles as a freshman … registered a personal-best eight stops in the overtime win at Wisconsin and seven in the overtime win over Michigan … he is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who is majoring in sociology … spent a week this past summer in Manchester, N.H., interning with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Notable Note: Jones is one of three freshmen defensive linemen – the others are Dan Wilkinson (10 starts in 1992) and Luke Fickell (12 starts in 1993) – to start 10 or more games during a freshman season. Jones started 12 in 2016.
Honors & Awards
2017: Third-team all-Big Ten Conference, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2016: Freshman All-American (Football Writers Association of America), OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Dre’mont: Jones came to Ohio State after just two seasons of high school football behind him … he was named first-team Division I Associated Press all-state as a senior for coach Chuck Kyle’s 6-4 team that advanced to the Ohio state playoffs … he also picked up all-Northeast Lakes District honors as a senior after recording 47 tackles, 21 tackles-for-losses and four sacks with four forced fumbles … Jones, who also played basketball at St. Ignatius, was considered a 4-star prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports and he has overall rankings of No. 161 on the ESPN 300 and No. 169 by 247Sports … considered the No. 1 defensive line prospect in Ohio by Scout, Jones also had high positional rankings of No. 11 at strong side defensive end by 247Sports and Top 25 end status by both Scout and Rivals … a U.S. Army All-American … all-Midwest by PrepStar … parents are Schontina Jones and Sanderline Williams.