Tennessee has not been a state that IU has spent a great deal of time of recruiting the last few years, but after adding a couple staff members with ties to that area that could change going forward. One prospect from the Volunteer State that the Hoosiers are after is Cam Jones from St. Benedict At Auburndale in Cordova, TN. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete about his recruiting, and about the unofficial visit he will be making to Bloomington this weekend.
Indiana’s interest in Jones started almost three weeks ago after they added Matt Wilson to their staff as Senior Director of Recruiting. Wilson knew about Jones from his time on the staff at the University of Tennessee.
“They offered me about two-and-a-half weeks ago,” Jones said about IU. “I have been talking to Coach Matt (Wilson), Coach (William) Inge, and Coach (Tom) Allen. They have talked about wide receiver with me, but I’m not totally sure what position they are recruiting me for. It doesn’t matter to me where I play, I just want to be on the field.”
Jones said the IU staff has recruited him harder than anyone else, and they have also shown him that their players are important to them.
“They have been amazing,” he said about the Hoosiers. “Indiana is probably the school that keeps in contact with me the most. I communicate with them on a daily basis and it is just great. They said that they watched my film and they were impressed with the way I perform on the field. They also said that they like my personality and the way I carry myself. After talking to them I can tell that the coaches really do care about the athletes.”
The talented prospect is leaving today with his parents to make the drive up to Bloomington for their visit this weekend at IU. He said that he can’t wait to get a closer look at the Indiana program.
“We’re leaving Thursday and stopping by UT-Martin, which is where my sister goes to school, and then we will head up to Indiana,” Jones said. “We’ll be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday before we head back Sunday night. The most important thing for me is to see a good educational program because academics are important for me. I think I want to stay around football so I am leaning towards a major in physical therapy, but I’m not quite sure yet. I am just ready to get up there this weekend and learn more about them. I am very excited for this visit because I’ve never been to Indiana before and I know I’m going to see a lot of new things. My parents are also excited to head up there and it should be a great weekend.”
This past fall Jones and his St. Benedict At. Auburndale teammates finished with a 3-8 record, but he is confident 2017 will be a better year.
“As a team we had a tough season,” he said. “It has been hard for my school because we’ve had three coaches in the past three years. Not a lot of kids come out for football and we’re in the private school league, which is one of the toughest leagues in Memphis. We’ve been struggling at some positions, but if we keep pushing, and keep working, and stay together this season should for sure be way better than last season.”
For Jones, the 2016 season was a chance for him to be used in several different roles on both sides of the ball, but before he could do that he had to work on his conditioning.
“On defense I played cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive end,” he said. “On offense I played wideout, slot receiver and quarterback in the Wildcat formation. The biggest thing I improved on was my conditioning. Before the season I wasn’t in the kind of shape I needed to be in so I worked hard on that because I knew that it was my team needed me to do. This upcoming season I know I need to be more of a vocal leader and not just a leader with my actions because my team needs that from me.”
Jones currently has offers from Indiana, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State. He doesn’t have any favorites and he isn’t sure when he will make a decision.
“I am open right now, but the schools that have been recruiting me so far I really do love,” he said. “I’m not quite sure when I will decide. I haven’t say down with my parents or my coach about that, and I won’t all of them to be there when we talk about it.”