Khalid Jones keeps hearing that the recruiting process is supposed to be stressful.
He's yet to see why.
The three-star inside linebacker out of Duncan, South Carolina, said he's enjoying going through recruitment. He recently picked up an offer from Indiana that he said he was pleasantly surprised to receive after getting in touch with the coaches a few weeks ago.
"I was really excited and happy when they decided to offer me," Jones said. "It means a lot that they believed in me."
Jones has plenty of coaches believing in him after picking up 58 tackles, a sack and three hurries his junior season as Byrnes High School. Ranked No. 20 among inside linebackers nationally and No. 7 overall in the state of South Carolina, Jones has offers from from the likes of Dartmouth, Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Yale, among others.
IU linebackers coach William Inge started recruiting Jones a few weeks ago after following him on Twitter. In the time since, Jones and IU's staff have exchanged texts and direct messages as they build a stronger relationship.
Admittedly, Jones said he didn't know much about Indiana but added that he's been impressed with the program's trajectory in the time since initially getting in contact with the coaching staff.
"They definitely seem to be on the rise," Jones said. "From talking to the coaches and everything, they're definitely moving in the right direction. I'd think they'll definitely be coming and very good."
Inge stays in contact the most, Jones said. The veteran linebacker coach who's currently coaching an All-American in rising senior Tegray Scales pictures Jones as the type of player who can come in and play early on.
"He seems like a very nice guy," Jones said. "I like talking to him. He seems like a very cool guy. He's down to Earth and straight to the point with everything."
When he's weighing schools, Jones said education comes first and that comfort with the staff and a "home feel" from the program come right after. He plans to study biology or chemistry in college with hopes of becoming a surgeon.
The medical field runs in the family. Jones's father works in a hospital and his brother is currently attending pharmacy school.
"I'm definitely interested in studying something like that," he said. "I'm looking for a great education."
In terms of his own game, Jones said he prides himself in being a leader on the field who can almost serve as an extension of a coach. Ever since beginning football, he said he's been attracted to the contact, competition and the ability to win the game off the field through preparation.
"I love being able to look at a team and know what they're going to do before they do it," he said. "I like being able to put my teammates in the right situations, help them and help my team be the best it can be during the game."
Jones plans on trying to get up to visit Indiana at some point in the near future and is still working the details out. He's trying to enjoy the process as much as he can and is excited for what's ahead.
"It's a lot of fun," Jones said. "I've yet to experience any stress from it, honestly. It's just been great."
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