At Panama City (Fla.) Mosley High School, Reakwon Jones had the reputation as a big hitter playing both middle linebacker and strong safety.
As a high school senior, he recorded 124 tackles. In his final high school game, a first round playoff encounter with Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby, Jones had 18 tackles.
The next time he’ll be hitting people will be in summer camp at Indiana. Jones, who signed with the Hoosiers on Wednesday, is expected to play linebacker in IU defensive coordinator Brian Knorr’s system.
“The more I’ve looked at IU’s 3-4 defensive system and the more I see it, I really see myself fitting into that scheme really well,’’ Jones said. “I think that kind of scheme was made for me as a player. I’m really looking forward to it.’’
On Jan. 4, Jones de-committed from FAU and made a couple of official visits. One was to Indiana on Jan. 17 and a few days later he gave his commitment to the Hoosiers.
“My decision to go to Indiana was bigger than just football,’’ Jones said. “I spent a lot of time on my visit with players in the program now and they helped show me how it is to be coached by a program at this level. I knew when I was in Bloomington that I would be returning there some day to play football.
With the class now signed, Jones said he thinks Indiana assembled a really strong group.
“I think we have a chance to really be good,’’ Jones said. “The thing that jumps out at me is that it seems like we have a lot of speed. And with that speed I really think we’ll be able to compete at a high level.