Jones signs with Indiana after raising his test scores

H-T sports summer intern Brian Buckey spoke with the newest Indiana football recruit today. Brian is a journalism major at IU and will be a senior this fall. Here are some highlights from his conversation with recruit Donnell Jones.

Jones, who is from St. Petersburg, Fla., told Brian he didn’t sign with a school during the signing period in February because he had not made the ACT qualifying score necessary to be eligible to play next season. But after he received a qualifying score in April, IU offered him a scholarship.

Jones said he chose IU over offers from Georgia Southern, Western Illinois, South Florida and West Virginia.

The 5-10, 190-pound Jones played running back, linebacker and cornerback in high school, but expects to be a cornerback in college. Last fall at Lakeland High School, he racked up 800 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on offense, while adding 54 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

“I love playing defense and always wanted to play defense in college,” he said.

Jones said he has been clocked a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. Recently, he finished eighth in 100-meter dash at the Florida 3A state track meet and was part of the sixth-place 4 x 100-meter relay team.