LOS ANGELES — Southern California tailback Ronald Jones II will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Jones made the announcement Friday, two days after quarterback Sam Darnold announced his intention to leave USC early.
The speedy, durable Jones has been an excellent heir to the Trojans’ Tailback U. tradition, finishing fifth in school history with 3,619 yards while averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
He rushed for 39 touchdowns and improved as a pass-catcher. He compiled 14 100-yard rushing games, and he had two 1,000-yard seasons following a 987-yard performance as a freshman.
He finished his career strong, rushing for 1,550 yards and 19 TDs while USC (11-3) won the Pac-12 and reached the Cotton Bowl. He was an All-Pac-12 first-team selection.