CoachSpeak: Aquinas' Battaglia on Jones

Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) five-star defensive tackle Jarron Jones committed to Notre Dame on Monday. then spoke to Jones' coach, Christian Battaglia, to get his thought on Notre Dame's newest member of the 2012 class, and he added an interesting twist.

Notre Dame recruited Jarron Jones to play five-technique on the defensive line in its 3-4 defense, and Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) coach Christian Battaglia believes the Irish's latest pledge will stand out there.

But Battaglia also knows what the 6-foot-7, 290-pound five-star Jones can do on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

"I could see (Notre Dame coach) Brian Kelly letting him play for three weeks at defensive line and telling him ‘Ok, you're moving to left tackle,' " Battaglia said. "I could see that happening because he's a prototypical left tackle. If you see him, that's the first thing you think. To get around him, you really have to run around him. He's got great feet. He's got really good feet for a big kid."

However, Battaglia knows the Irish recruited Jones, who is's No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2012 class, to play on the defensive line, a spot he dominates at Aquinas Institute.

"He's a house, first of all," Battaglia said. "He's big, got great feet. He'll be a great player for them. He's probably the best that I've coached, so he's pretty darn good. I love him as a defensive tackle, but he can run over to offense and be a tackle. Until they get there and play, you never know.

"I think he fits the bill perfectly (in Notre Dame's defense). If you're going to play 3-4, he'd be a really good five-technique. First of all, his arms go down to his ankles. So, at 6-7, if he benches you …he's going to be very good at that. He'll get separation, and he runs really well for a big kid."

Jones originally committed to Penn State, but at that point said he would still visit other schools. However, after this commitment, Battaglia believes Jones' recruitment is over.

"I think his parents and him love the Catholic atmosphere at Notre Dame," he said. "They loved it. They loved everything about Notre Dame when they went and visited it. They loved the spiritual part about it. That was very important to them. They loved that. I think coming from Aquinas and going to Notre Dame is great for him."

Not only does Jones' family like the fit of the school, Jones talked about it constantly after his visit.

"I think he really loves Notre Dame," Battaglia said. "He loved it when he was there. I've never been there. My father's a huge Notre Dame fan, but I can tell you that (Jones) loved it." Top Stories