At the end of a busy weekend of hosting recruits on campus, Indiana was rewarded with not one but two commitments on Sunday.
The second of those verbal pledges came from Isaiah Jones, a three-star outside linebacker from London, Ohio, who gave IU coach Tom Allen his word on his way out of Bloomington. Jones announced his decision on Twitter, picking the Hoosiers over offers from Minnesota, Duke and Wake Forest, among others.
According to the 247 Sports rankings, Jones, an All-Ohio second team honoree as a junior last fall, is the No. 89 linebacker prospect in the country and the No. 25 overall player from his home state in the 2022 class. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound rising senior is the son of former Ohio State tight end D.J. Jones, who appeared in 49 games for the Buckeyes from 1992 through 1996. His verbal to the Hoosiers came shortly after four-star cornerback Trevell Mullen, the brother of Hoosier All-American corner Tiawan Mullen, announced his commitment to Allen’s staff.
With Jones’ commitment, IU now has five players lined up in the 2022 class — and all of them are projected to play on the defensive side of the ball. Jones is the third linebacker of the group, joining four-star athlete Dasan McCullough, who will play his senior year at Bloomington South High School after his father, Deland, rejoined IU’s coaching staff in February. Three-star Arkansas prospect Kaiden Turner is also a linebacker set to join Indiana next year.
IU’s average recruit rating of .9084 ranks third among Big Ten classes for 2022, trailing only Ohio State (.9452) and Penn State (.9142) in the 247 Sports database.
That is ... good. Really, really good.