Instead of celebrating his 18th birthday by blowing out candles and making a wish, Sarasota (Fla.) Booker wide receiver Ricky Jones used the special day to make his college commitment.
"I committed to Indiana University," Jones said.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound wide receiver visited Indiana this past weekend. He knew immediately after the visit that it would be his future home.
"After I finished the visit, I just felt like that was the place for me to be," Jones said. "That is where I want to spend the next four or five years of my life. It was a nice environment. It is a real good college town. It was just crazy."
During the visit, Jones got a good vibe from Kevin Wilson and his staff.
"On the visit I felt like I was actually wanted," Jones said. "On top of that, I felt like I have a good chance of helping to turn that program around. I feel I can help them change things to have a winning season."
Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell and the staff talked with Jones about how they will utilize his skillset.
"They want to use me as a slot wide receiver," Jones said. "They will match me up with a lot of big linebackers, and I am really quick and fast, and that would be an advantage for me. They need some playmakers."
Jones, who previously visited Florida Atlantic, was scheduled to visit Western Kentucky next weekend. That trip will no longer occur.
"I am not going to take any more visits," Jones said. "I am going to Indiana."
Jones had 29 receptions for 558 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed 29 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns.