By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - The playing status for Minnesota Golden Gophers football commit and star Minneapolis Washburn running back Jeff Jones has fallen short once again.
Jones, the seventh best running back in the nation (Rivals.com), was unable to raise is ACT score on his most recent attempt leaving his status with the team, and his scholarship for football, up in the air.
Jeff is currently enrolled in two summer school courses in an attempt to raise his GPA to a level that would grant him eligibility for a sports scholarship. If he is able to raise his grades in these classes, he would be able to qualify and could join the team later this summer.
If he is not able to raise his GPA high enough, Jones would likely go the junior college route and head to Iowa Western Community College for two years.
But Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune claims there is one more option for Jones if his GPA falls short.
"People familiar with Jones' situation have said he could still end up at the University this fall. If he's admitted, he wouldn't be on scholarship, so he would have to take out a school loan.
"He wouldn't be eligible to work out with the football team. But he could get his feet settled in college and work out in the weight room with an eye toward competing for the Gophers in 2015. He would need to finish at least 24 University credits by the end of the 2015 summer session, with at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to compete for the Gophers this fall."