Duncan (S.C.) linebacker Khalid Jones lived up to his four-star billing for Byrnes High School this season. As a junior, the 2018 prospect tallied an impressive 115 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
“It was a challenging season,” Jones said in an interview with The Clemson Insider. “However, I had a good season.”
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound inside ‘backer is being recruited by numerous major programs, and he carries offers from Duke, Maryland, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.
Jones said he is also hearing from Florida, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Virginia and Virginia Tech, as well as Clemson.
“I get mail from them every week,” Jones said of Clemson.
Jones made visits to Maryland, Duke, Tennessee and South Carolina this season.
“I had a good time seeing all the coaches,” Jones said, “and being able to talk to them.”
He intends to get back to Clemson in the offseason.
“I plan to visit a practice,” Jones said, “or the spring game.”
Clemson hosted Jones for the Syracuse game two seasons ago, and he has been on campus a couple of other times, too.
Jones likes Clemson’s facilities and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brent Venables.
“I think coach Venables is a really good linebackers coach,” Jones told TCI in June 2015 following a stop at Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. “He’s definitely doing a great job.”
Jones said he would be proud to receive an offer from Clemson.
“It would be an honor if Clemson offered,” he said.
Jones said he doesn’t have any leaders at this time.
What will he bring to the table as a linebacker for the school he chooses in the future?
“I am a versatile linebacker that is willing to be the quarterback of the defense,” Jones said. “I play every play hard, and I strive to make the players around me better.”
Jones is rated by 247Sports as the No. 8 prospect in South Carolina, the nation’s No. 9 inside linebacker and the nation’s No. 281 prospect overall in the 2018 class.