EL PASO, TX - The University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) signed three junior college transfers and one true freshman on signing day on Monday, December 18th.
Erie Community College tight end Nick Jones was one of those players. Jones, played in seven games at Erie Community College in 2013 and caught 17 passes for 214 yards (12.6 avg.) and two touchdowns. His best game came during a 35-7 victory over the Onondaga Ogres where he finished with three catches for 46 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones (6-6, 255 lbs.) set season high in yards (49) and longest reception (33 yards) against Hudson Valley Community College. He had a season-high four catches at Milford Academy. Additionally, he earned the 2013 top WNY Junior College Football Scholar Athlete award for excellence in college football and academics.
During his 2012 campaign he hauled in seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Prior to ECC, Jones served in the Marines from July 2007 to April 2012, including four tours of duty. During his duty he earned 12 ribbons, including the combat action ribbon, the humanitarian ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal. He was an all-around athlete who also played basketball and lacrosse at West Seneca West High School.