Adding a couple of offensive tackles is something the IU staff is working hard on for the 2017 class and one of their top targets is Caleb Jones. The 6-foot-9, 320-pound standout from Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about where things stand with Indiana and with his recruiting.
Jones currently has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Ohio and Western Michigan. The three-star recruit has a list of favorites but he is not ready to announce that publicly.
“I know who my top schools are but I haven’t announced it publicly yet,” Jones said. “I am not exactly sure when I will release that, but it will be within the next few weeks. I think I will have my decision made by the end of the summer.”
The big lineman did admit that Indiana is one of those top schools, and the reason the Hoosiers are in such great shape with him is due to his relationship with the coaching staff.
“I have talked to them a lot and our relationship still stands in the same place, which is they really like me and I really like them,” Jones said about IU. “I think it is understood where we stand with each other. We talk about every other day so the communication is still good. I love Coach (Greg) Frey and Coach (Kevin) Wilson. I have said it since day one, with them being the first program to offer, and with the caliber of program I see them building I think really highly of Indiana. They are a really great program. They are one of the top programs that I have an offer from.”
Jones said that Coach Frey stands out for him because of the way he has gone about recruiting him and the honesty he has shown throughout the recruiting process.
“He is just a great person,” Jones said about the Indiana O-line coach. “He is genuine in everything that he says and that he does and I really like that. Nothing he does is fake and that is not always the case. A lot of coaches in the recruiting process say and do things that don’t really mean. I feel like Coach Frey is a genuinely good dude and I trust him and I like him a lot.”
The Indianapolis native is not sure when he will visit IU again, but he said with as much as he has been down there another visit isn’t that big of a deal.
“At this point in my recruiting I have been there about eight or nine times so it’s not really imperative that get down there anymore,” Jones said. “I have seen everything they have to offer so now it is just about keeping the relationship strong.”
Jones said this off-season for him has been about working on his feet and making sure his conditioning is where it needs to be.
“I have just been working out my teammates,” he said. “I did go to the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit with one of my teammates and I enjoyed that. I have been working with my trainer to get ready for my senior season. I have been focusing on my footwork and also my conditioning and staying in the best shape possible.”