Keontae Jones enters transfer portal

Oct 5, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Jalen Reagor (1) catches a touchdown pass against Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Keontae Jones (16) at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top high school players from Iowa State’s 2017 recruiting class has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Redshirt junior safety Keontae Jones will be seeking a new home for his final two years of football at the collegiate level. He leaves Ames having compiled just six tackles in three seasons, including just two stops in 2019.

Jones, who is the younger brother of Deshaunte Jones, one of the most productive receivers in Iowa State history, was considered a three-star recruit in the 2017 class and was the second-highest rated high school recruit behind only O’Rien Vance.

The Cincinnati native chose Iowa State over offers from Indiana, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and others. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Jones was unlikely to figure much into Iowa State’s defensive secondary plans this season with nearly every major piece returning in 2020 along with the additions of some highly-talented youngsters in recent recruiting cycles.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.