3-star athlete Cam Jones commits to IU

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.


  1. It is good to see IU getting some early commitments especially a WR/S that is 6’3 205 lbs. It is very important to have a breakthrough year so IU can hang on to the early commits and pull in higher ranked players. This coaching staff is showing they can recruit quality players with a lot of ability.

  2. I trust this coaching staff to maintain the level of talent that Wilson had been bringing in to IU in his last four years. And honestly, this coaching staff may be able to improve that level of talent slightly. I hope this coaching staff can utilize the 3-star level of talent to produce winning seasons (i.e., seven wins). I believe a much improved defense will produce that level of success. But then, after producing a winning season, my expectations are that this coaching staff begins to elevate the talent they sign. We need a breakthrough recruiting class with a few of 4-star or even a 5-star athletes. And specifically, we need to recruit, in general, better quarterbacks. Given Wilson’s reputation as being an “offensive genius,” and “quarterback guru” upon arriving in Bloomington, I never thought his performance in recruiting quarterbacks lived up to his reputation. He gets credit for developing Sudfeld into a quality and highly productive Big Ten Quarterback, but otherwise, given the transfers that occurred under Wilson’s watch, we were relatively thin at the QB position. We have no idea if two of Wilson’s most recent QB recruits are any good, since they have not taken one snap in a game since arriving on campus. My guess is that DeBord and his staff will be as good, if not better at recruiting offensive talent to IU. And I’m very confident that Allen will significantly improve recruiting for the defense. We just need to break through that six win barrier and produce a couple of winning seasons. And of course, it would help if the recruits were able to visit IU for a home game when Memorial Stadium was full.

  3. Po, I was happy to have Coach Wilson as our coach but 6-6 may have been his limit as a head coach. This pt year’s offense was a real step down and not just at the QB position. Our offensive line wasn’t at the level previous OLs were even early in the season when they were hit by injuries. The OL just didn’t have the same power that we saw in previous years. getting in an entire new offensive staff may be a blessing in disguise. Often when things are improved people have a tendency to be afraid to expect more IE after all we are IUFB and how good can we expect to be against the B1G East. We lost some very good coaches but may have gained coaches every bit as good or maybe a bit better.

    The new offensive staff has a chance to improve the offense. For one thing, they are using the TE as a blocker but also as an important receiver. A major weakness of our offense has been the lack of TE play in the passing game. Players are now excited to come back to practice and enjoying being at practice which may lead to playing with confidence not fear of making a mistake.

    It would be great to have recruits visit and see a full stadium; the first game should be a sell out against OSU.

    1. I wanted to add, that looking at the 2016 offense it is clear Wilson and the offensive staff didn’t recruit enough QBs or OL players as the upper class has only 3 Juniors and no seniors on the OL in 2017 class [maybe the transfers had one or two seniors]. It leaves IU will a very young OL but one that is talented and can develop into a good OL. It does raise the question about how good coach Wilson and Frey were in recruiting players from year to year. Coach McCullough seemed to get a couple of RBs each year keeping the RB room stocked. Coach Wilson missed on top QBs [at least 4 star or higher] with getting 3 star or 2 star QBs while coach Frey had a donut hole in the OL room. Now I think both Wilson and Frey were good coaches as every coach misses on recruits but the Offensive coaches except for receiver and RB came up short. Bringing in a new staff might be a improvement in the 2018 and later.

      The 2017 team sure shows more excitement about being at practice and believing what they can achieve on the field.

      1. I have to admit that I’ll be pretty amused if Michigan can’t move the ball/protect their QB and OSU looks lost on offense next season.

  4. v13, In 2016 center Wes Rogers needed blocking help even before injuries started across the line adding the need for the TE’s to be mostly blockers. A new QB(along with the loss of Cobbs)initialed and cemented that deal for the remainder of the season. it had nothing to do with Coach Wilson not wanting TE’s catching passes(at OU he put 2 in the NFL). Very easy to understand the hole in OL recruiting because emphasis for the past 3 seasons(2015-16-17) was to bulk up defensive recruiting. Something that had to be done and it showed on both sides of the ball. Additional #’s had to come from somewhere. If not for Frey and Wilson’s coaching abilities and flexibility for scheme, personnel adjustments made possible from a bit of depth 2016 would have been bleaker. I do want to see that very same savvy from the new staff when they encounter rocks in the road. QB coach Sheridan is the only assistant I am not yet confident and comfortable with. I hope he wins me over both in coaching and recruiting.

    1. HC, just remember that the rocks they faced were the result of what happened in recruiting players. You can say coach wanted TEs to catch the ball but under Wilson IU hasn’t had a dominate TE in the passing game – Bosler was the closest we had. Why the need for more defensive players, this is what I meant by the inconsistent recruiting instead of strategic planning.

      You and I will have to disagree on how Wilson and the offensive staff handled the recruiting process. I have been a Wilson supporter in the past but it hasn’t kept me from recognizing the short comings in building the team.

  5. Let’s assume IU has a very experienced and competent group of football coaches who know how to recruit the type of talent necessary to produce winning seasons playing in the Big Ten. Let’s assume our significantly enhanced facilities do not place our football program at a disadvantage. Let’s further assume that being highly competitive in two straight bowl games, and that continuing to have IU guys getting picked in the NFL draft improves the football world’s awareness of IU Football. So the one thing IU fans need to do is to buy tickets, go to the games, stay in their seats through the second half and cheer for the home team. Sounds corny and oh so simple, but I really believe that’s they key to helping Allen achieve that breakthrough season, and that filling Memorial Stadium’s small capacity is what will enable IU Football to ascend to a higher level of competitiveness.

  6. Po, I agree with your concept of people filling the stadium. I wish my health let me attend games so I could be part of that group. We need more students in the stadium and more alumni to make game day part of their day cheering on the Hoosier football team against the best in the B1G. IU has a great atmosphere and only needs the stadium to rock to finish off building the program. I remember the game against Michigan a couple of years ago when UM fans started shouting Go big Blue and IU fans responding Lets go Hoosiers. It was an atmosphere any recruit would want to be part of and any fan would want to be in the stadium to experience.

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