Malin Jones Has Talent and Offers

Junior running back Malin Jones from Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill.) will be one of the top running backs in the Midwest in the 2012 class. He already holds five scholarship offers and that number will continue to grow.

Notre Dame has always kept a close eye on the Chicago area when it comes to recruiting. Expect that to continue as athletes like Malin Jones (6-foot-0, 202-pounds) are around.

"They've (Notre Dame) been sending me letters, but a lot of schools have," Jones said. "I haven't thought much of Notre Dame, because they haven't thought much of me. I'd definitely take a school like Notre Dame seriously though. It's a good football program and obviously offers a good education.

"I've sent my film out to the schools that I wanted to have my film and it's on a number of recruiting sites and I've sent my film out to Notre Dame. I've sent it out to a few schools."

While Notre Dame hasn't extended scholarship offer yet, it's still early in the recruiting process for juniors. Nonetheless, Jones has landed several big scholarship offers.

"I have a few offers from Iowa, Toledo, Louisville, Northwestern, and Illinois," he said. "I went to the Northwestern camp and they offered me. I went to a game at Iowa and they offered. Then my coaches talked to coach Zook and he said that Illinois wanted to offer.

"I could play a number of positions, but all those offers are for running back."

With five offers already in hand, Jones has options. Those options should continue to grow as Malin is receiving interest from several additional programs.

"Boston College is sending me a bunch of letters and I've been talking about going to see a game there," Malin explained. "I've been invited to a game by a lot of teams, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Purdue.

"Right now I'm going to keep my options open and keep looking at schools. I'm going to go to some camps over the summer and I'll see some practices during the spring with some schools. I'll probably see some more games before this season is over." Top Stories