5-star Jones Explains Irish Commitment

Aquinas Institue (Rochester, N.Y.) five-star defensive tackle Jarron Jones was committed to Penn State at one time, but after re-opening his commitment he settled on Notre Dame. Jones spoke to IrishEyes.com about why the Irish is right for him, the position he envisions himself playing and why he decided to make a decision now.

Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y) five-star defensive tackle Jarron Jones loved Notre Dame from his summer visit, and the feeling never left.

So, after thinking about it for a while, Scout.com's No. 2-rated defensive tackle in the 2012 class woke up Monday morning and was feeling like he needed to end the process, which he did when he called coach Brian Kelly and gave the Irish a non-binding oral commitment.

"I've been thinking about it ever since I left Notre Dame, and it's perfect for me," Jones said. "It's like my school at Aquinas, it keeps me in touch with the Christian faith. They have the same traditions as my high school, so really the transition from the high school atmosphere won't be as hard. I pretty much went through it in high school."

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Jones originally committed to Penn State, but even then he said it was a soft verbal and he wanted to explore other schools. Notre Dame was always high on his list, and the feeling was cemented during his visit with his family.

"I felt it was right for me because the academic structure, the smaller class size, the smaller campus size, I think that's what I need," Jones said. "When I was there, it was really a different feeling than many other schools. It was like I was walking around in a church. That was special."

Jones said he will not take any official visits other than Notre Dame, and said not only does he fit in academically and spiritually, but also as a five-technique in the Irish's 3-4 defense.

As a junior, Jones registered 68 tackles, including 14 for loss, and added 10 sacks.

"I'm more of a mobile defensive lineman than a power type of player," Jones said. "I like to be a position where I can use my long arms instead of in the trenches where it is more raw power. I would feel better playing the five-technique."

He called the staff to break the good news, and felt their enthusiasm through the call.

"They were amped up," Jones said. "I talked to coach Kelly and (assistant) coach (Bob) Diaco. They were really excited."

With the decision made and the season approaching, Jones said he is glad to have the process behind him.

"It's a big relief," he said. "Now I can focus on my season, and my focus on helping my team defend the state championship. My whole plan was to (commit by the start of the season). There was a feeling that maybe I should just wait. I've been thinking really hard about it, and I realized Notre Dame was perfect for me."

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