Indiana received its second commitment in as many days on Sunday evening.
Three-star athlete Cam Jones extended a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers, giving coach Tom Allen’s program its third commit for the 2018 class.
Jones plays both ways for St. Benedict at Auburndale, a private school near Memphis, Tenn. He projects as a receiver for the Hoosiers, who are looking to make the most of the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect.
“(They see me) starting out on the offensive side of the ball at receiver,” Jones said. “But if that doesn’t work out, I think I’ll still play anywhere else on the field.”
According to the 247 Sports Composite, Jones is considered the No. 71 athlete in the country and the 27th best prospect from the state of Tennessee.
Jones lists offers from Tennessee, Wake Forest, Memphis, and Middle Tennessee State, but for him, IU was the best fit of the bunch.
“I just felt comfortable there,” he said. “I have a good relationship with the coaches and my parents also loved it.”
Jones said coach Tom Allen, receivers coach Grant Heard and linebackers coach William Inge have been his primary recruiters at Indiana.
Indiana is re-tooling its receiving depth chart entering next season.
Simmie Cobbs, potentially the Hoosiers’ No. 1 target, is back from a season-ending ankle injury in 2016 and Nick Westbrook is poised to author a follow-up to his breakthrough sophomore season.
Beyond those two, there’s a list of players who have much to prove as receivers in coordinator Mike DeBord’s revamped offense.
When he arrives in 2018, Jones says he’s looking to assert himself early.
“I want Indiana to know I’m a very hard-working athlete,” Jones said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to contribute on the field and I’m going to work hard.”
Jones joins three-star South Carolina cornerback Elijah Rodgers, who committed on Saturday, and three-star Lowell hybrid safety Jordan Jusevitch in IU’s 2018 recruiting class.