5-Star DT Planning Summer Visit to Notre Dame

Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) five-star defensive tackle Jarron Jones talked about schools he will visit in the summer, and Notre Dame is on his list. What else did the standout have to say about the Irish?

A month after Jarron Jones committed to Penn State but said he would still make other visits, the Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) five-star defensive tackle is plodding his summer schedule.

While saying he considers himself a Penn State commit, he named four other campuses he plans to visit.

"North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Louisville," said Jones, who is Scout.com's No. 2-ranked defensive tackle in the 2012 class. "I'm going to visit (Notre Dame) in the summer. There will be more."

Jones said the Irish coaching staff stopped by Aquinas Institute recently, but his contact with Notre Dame is limited. But that isn't to say the Irish are not recruiting Jones hard.

"They talk to my mother a lot more," he said. "That way I can enjoy myself."

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Jones is being recruited to play on the defensive line. He registered 68 tackles and 10 sacks playing defensive tackle, but he isn't sure where he will fit in the best in college.

"Either defensive tackle or defensive end," Jones said. "I just like jumping off the end and being in one-on-on situations. I could see myself in the (defensive tackle) roll. I think I would like it. They keep me inside (at Aquinas)."

Jones said most of his knowledge about Notre Dame came from watching the Irish play on television.

"I know they're getting better," he said, "they're independent, and I know a little bit about their tradition, how good academically they are."

But Jones hasn't thought about how he will fit into the defensive system.

Once he learns more about the school, Jones added he will look into how he fits into the defense, and how the Irish would use him.

Jones added he will take official visits after the season, and he could make an announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, or wait until signing day to make his decision official.


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