was born on January 19, 1995 in Dallas, Texas. His passion for football began at a young age, inspired by his father to take up the sport as he did. D.J. dominated youth football leagues as a pre-teen, playing defense. Attended Wren High School in Greenville, South Carolina where he was an all-state athlete in football. After an impressive years throughout high school, D.J. was heavily recruited for football by colleges throughout the U.S..
D.J. began his college career at the East Mississippi Community College (Scooba, MS), the school that was featured in the 2016 Netflix documentary "Last Chance U". During his two seasons in Scooba, Jones helped lead EMCC to a 24-0 record and back-to-back NJCAA National Championships. Prior to transferring, Jones was listed as the No. 3 junior college prospect in the country by 247sports.com and ESPN.com
He later transferred to Ole Miss University and was recognized during the 2015-2016 season as the defensive end MVP. After transferring, Jones immediately became one of the strongest Rebels. According to NFL.com, he benched 440 pounds, squatted 650 pounds and had a max clean of 330 pounds when he finished his time at East Mississippi Community College.
D.J.was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round, Number 198th of the 2017 NFL Draft in 2017. He played in 9 games and registered 10 tackles, including a career high of 4 tackles versus the Dallas Cowboys.