Tai-ler Jones has had quite the up-and-down recruitment, and it might not be over just yet.
Once a commitment to join the Stanford Cardinals 2010 class, mid-October brought an unexpected switch for the four-star wide receiver prospect.
On an official visit to Notre Dame, the Gainesville, Ga. native found the South Bend campus too much to pass up, and he committed to the Irish on the spot.
With plans of for a December graduation, then Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weiss told Jones that he would be able to move up to South Bend by early January and begin school immediately.
When Weiss was let go at the end of the season, Jones was forced with a decision that he thought he had already made.
“Should I stay committed or keep looking around?” Jones said. “I have not even met the new coaching staff, so it is pretty weird. Then I have other coaches from different schools calling me and wanting me to get onto campus and stuff like that, so it is hectic.”
The 6-foot, 183-pound Jones said that step one is meeting new Irish coach Brian Kelly, a meeting that should happen any day now.
“As of now I am still committed and just waiting on that in-home visit,” Jones said. “I still plan on graduating early and trying to enroll somewhere, so this wait is making my decision relatively tough.”
When asked the colleges that are on him hardest outside of Notre Dame, the nation’s No. 20 ranked wide receiver was quick with a response.
“As soon as coach Weiss got fired, LSU popped back up on the scene,” Jones said. “[Recruiting coordinator] Coach [Don] Yanowsky has been calling me a good bit, and he has let me know that there is now an open spot for me in the 2010 class, and I can jump on it if I want in.
“He has talked about trying to get me over to Baton Rouge for a visit, but I still have not spoken with coach [Les] Miles about that.”
Jones, a standout athlete for Gainesville High, saw his season end in disappointment when his squad fell 13-12 to Peach County in the Georgia Class 3A state championship game.