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Indiana vaults into play for Riyahd Jones

12/10/2012

Cornerback Riyahd Jones never envisioned himself as a Big Ten football player.

He can see it now after a weekend visit to Indiana.

“I went in with an open mind,” said Jones, planning a midterm transfer from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, “and it was a lot better than I expected.”

Jones, originally from Columbus, Ga., and a former high school teammate of Jarvis Jones and Isaiah Crowell, focused early in the recruiting process on Southeastern Conference schools. He visited Ole Miss last month and continues to consider the Rebels, along with IU and Kansas State. He'll take an official visit to K-State this week.

He said he expects to cancel a trip to Mississippi State, set for the middle of this week.

“I’m tired of flying,” said Jones, who began his college career at Georgia Southern.

He visited Bloomington, Ind., with Garden City quarterback Nick Marshall, who began his career at Georgia.

Jones said Indiana, after the visit, rates as Marshall’s top school.

As for Jones, he ranks Indiana even with Ole Miss. At Indiana, Jones said he likes that he could make an immediate impact, perhaps even walk into a starting spot.

“And in the Big Ten,” he said, “you’ll go against a lot of offenses that play a pro style. That can help me out at the next level.”

Jones said he wants to make a decision immediately after the visit to Kansas State. He plans to sign on Dec. 19 as the early junior-college period opens.