After a slight delay, former Gophers football player Jeff Jones has completed his transfer to Iowa Western Community College.

Spring classes began at Iowa Western on Jan. 11. Jones was delayed in arriving but officially enrolled Monday and will be eligible for spring practice, Iowa Western coach Scott Strohmeier said via text message.

Jones was the Gophers' highest-ranked recruit in at least a decade when he signed at Minnesota out of Minneapolis Washburn in 2014. He was academically ineligible to compete that fall and redshirted but got the grades he needed to compete in 2015.

After converting from running back to receiver, he looked like a potential impact player last spring. But he was beset with migraine headaches and wound up playing in just three games for the Gophers last fall, mostly on special teams.

Jones fell behind academically last fall, spurring the transfer to Iowa Western, where he'll be eligible to play games this fall. He'll be eligible to transfer back to a Division-I program once he completes his two-year degree, so it's conceivable he could be right back with the Gophers at this time next year.

“He’s a great kid — a great kid,” Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said last month. “He’s more than welcome to come back [to the Gophers]. He just had a tough semester academically, and it really wasn’t until this semester.” 

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