USC ball carrier Ronald Jones entering the draft

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The first big underclassman decision from USC will become official in the coming days -- and it’s not quarterback Sam Darnold.

Multiple sources tell me Trojans running back Ronald Jones will forego his final season at USC and enter the draft. Jones is scheduled to start training for the combine in the coming days.

The speedy back comes off a career season in which he totaled 1,550 yards rushing on 261 carries with 19 TDs. Jones also added 14 receptions last season.

Known for his great burst and breakaway speed, Jones had three runs of 50 yards or longer last season and had a carry of at least 15 yards in all but three games.

Draft Analyst presently lists Jones at the No. 8 running back and stamped the USC junior with a second-round grade.