Former A&M Football Recruit Shot Dead; Sherman Reacts

D.J. Jones Leaves Texas A&M (July 22, 2010)
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A former Texas A&M recruit and All-State high school running back was found shot to death Friday morning in southern Oklahoma.

D.J. Jones' body was found in downtown Cartwright early Friday, according to KBTX's sister station KXII in Sherman, Texas. Authorities say they are searching for three suspects in the 19-year-old's murder.

Jones had committed to A&M. He was a star at Denison High School, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2009.

“I was notified this afternoon," Sherman said in a statement to News 3 Friday. "He should be going to college and playing football somewhere. This is a tragic end to a talented young man’s life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.”

Jones was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge in May 2010 before he had come to College Station. Then, in July of that year, he decided not to attend A&M.

“I sat down with D.J. and we both came to the conclusion it was in his best interest to go back home and re-evaluate what it is he wants to do with his life,” Sherman said at the time. “I wish him nothing but the best and will help him anyway I can.”

KXII reports Jones had been in and out of jail since passing on A&M.

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