Irish Visit Jones' School

Notre Dame offered The Gilman School (Baltimore) standout Cyrus Jones in February, and the Irish continue their recruitment of him. Notre Dame assistant Kerry Cooks was at the school recently, and has an update on what is going on with Jones.

Notre Dame assistant coach Kerry Cooks stopped by The Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) recently to check on standout Cyrus Jones, and although the Irish weren't one of his first offers, they are in the mix, and with plenty of time to make an impression.

It helps the Irish also are program well received at The Gilman School.

"He's definitely interested," said assistant coach Henry Russell, who handles recruiting for The Gilman School. "As a coaching staff, a school like Notre Dame …at The Gilman School, we consider ourselves one of the top schools in the state of Maryland, if not the country for high schools, and Notre Dame has the educational value. You have to look at a school like Notre Dame."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Jones, who holds more than 20 offers, is yet to trim his list, but that could come after the spring evaluation period ends.

"I think he wants to narrow it down in the summer," Russell said. "He may commit before the season to get it out of the way if he has his mind made up, but if he doesn't, I'm sure he'll wait until after the season."

One of the intriguing things about Jones is his future position. He is rated a four-star running back by, but is being recruited mostly to play receiver and cornerback in college.

And while Jones previously said it doesn't matter whether he plays offense or defense, Russell knows which way he would lean.

"I personally think it's on the offensive side," Russell said. "He's got incredible hand-eye coordination. You throw the ball anywhere near him, he's going to catch it, and he's very elusive.

"I definitely think he can play corner. He's got that great leaping ability. But normally, when somebody has the hands like him, you'll see him playing offense. He can jump through the building. He's not the tallest kid, but he's a very physical player."

Russell added that with Darius Jennings heading to Virginia in a few weeks, another of Jones' attributes is developing nicely.

"He told me, ‘Coach, I can't wait for summer workouts. I want to get better.' " Russell said. "That's kind of the attitude he brings to the table. It's good for him. He's stepped into the leadership role after Darius Jennings last year.

"Cyrus has kind of taken over for the void he left, so it's exciting for us to see Cyrus kind of grow up and really start to take ownership of the team. He's a great kid and just an incredible football player, too." Top Stories