Caleb Jones is one of the state’s best junior football prospects and he’s not exactly sneaking up on anyone.
At 6-9 and 320 pounds, the Lawrence North offensive lineman is literally the next big thing in local high school football.
“Everybody knows who he is,” Lawrence North quarterback Jackson Hamersly said. “He’s the only (6-9) and 300-whatever pound kid walking around the school.”
Jones, ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state’s 2017 class by 247sports.com, has a standing offer from Indiana and high interest from a number of other programs, including Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue. He visited Ohio State twice this summer, including for its “Friday Night Lights” camp in July.
“I hear from (college) coaches that you can’t teach size,” Jones said. “They tell me to keep doing what I’m doing and to keep losing weight. Fast feet is the way to go as an offensive lineman, so that’s what they are always telling me.”
Through conditioning and a better diet, Jones said he has lost roughly 40 pounds. That means he has had to turn down some delicious meals at his father’s restaurant, His Place Eatery, located near 30th and Shadeland.
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“From last season to this season, you can tell his body has changed,” Hamersly said. “His past blocking and run blocking have improved immensely. He’s only a junior so I’m excited to see what he can do after another offseason with coach (Patrick) Mallory.”
Jones is a big part of Lawrence North’s run-based offense. The Wildcats open at Noblesville on Friday.
“I think we can beat up on a lot of teams,” he said. “We just have to play our football, smash mouth, and run the ball down their throat.”