5-Star Jones has Top Four; Where does ND Sit?

Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) five-star defensive tackle Jarron Jones recently visited Notre Dame, and now has a top four. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about those four schools, what they have in common, and what he got out of his visit to South Bend, Ind.

Jarron Jones was making a visit to Notre Dame at the request of his father, and the school made such an impression with the five-star defensive tackle he now has the Irish in his final four.

Jones, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive tackle from Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) said his trip to Notre Dame this summer made that type of impression.

"I was surprised because I came in thinking I wasn't going to like it and the only reason I went is because my dad talked me into visiting Notre Dame," Jones said. "I really thought I was going to go there and not like it because it reminds me of my high school. It reminded me of my high school, but in a good way, and that is what I like about it.

"It's a Christian school, small, and the teachers are really into teaching."

In addition to the Irish, Jones is also considering Penn State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

"After visiting those four, I like all four equally," Jones said. "I have no time table for (a decision)."

He also sees a similarity in the four programs.

"I like the coaches and the environment, and academics, too," Jones said. "I want to go somewhere I can see myself graduating and making an impact (in the classroom). I don't know what I want to major in yet, but academics are very important."

Jones is continuing to list North Carolina among his finalists because he doesn't want to make a rash decision and eliminate the Tar Heels from consideration.

"I just want to see who they hire first," Jones said. "I don't want to eliminate them yet. I want to wait and see who they hire, and what direction they are heading as a program."

As for Notre Dame, Jones said his visit not only was eye-opening because of how much he enjoyed the campus and staff, but also because he was able to learn about how Notre Dame would use him in its defense.

"It was amazing; very historic, very traditional, a great place," said Jones, who met with Irish coach Brian Kelly. "He's a great guy, very down to earth. He's very driven.

"They told me how they would use me. They want me at 5-technique. I'm used to playing in a 3-4. That's what they want me as."

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