14 in 14: DE Jarron Jones

IrishEyes.com continues its "14 in 14" series, which profiles each of the freshman enrolling this month at Notre Dame. It is running for 14 successive days, and the third player on the list is Aquinas Institute High (Rochester, N.Y.) defensive end Jarron Jones.

The day after Jarron Jones finished classes at Aquinas Institute he was hanging out with friends at a school soaking in his last few days in Rochester, N.Y., before he heads to Notre Dame.

It is a transition the 6-foot-6, 306-pound Jones is highly anticipating, and for one very big reason.

"Because I live in Rochester," he said. "I'm really excited to get there. I can't wait. I'm really looking forward to it."

Jones will enter Notre Dame as a defensive end in the Irish's 3-4 defense.

A U.S. Army All-American, he is coming off a senior season in which he registered 71 tackles, including five sacks, had nine pass break-ups, blocked two field goals and recovered a fumble. And he is heading to Notre Dame with the idea of being a part of the Irish's 2012 defense.

"I think playing as a freshman is very realistic," Jones said. I" actually want to play this year. I understand the benefits of being red-shirted, but I can't see myself practicing for a whole entire year and not playing.

"During the (2011) season I had to sit because of an injury and it was awful. I had to suck it up and just play through it."

Jones is not expecting a seamless transition to college because he expects to encounter coaching techniques he is yet to experience, but he is confident he will pick it up quickly.

"I think I'll fit in fine," he said. "I just have to get down a couple techniques, a couple of steps that I wouldn't be used to because it's the first I heard of it from a coach so I've never done it. Once I get used to it I think I'll fit into fine."

While Jones is willing to play either defensive end position, he said "I'm left-handed so I prefer the right side."

Jones also is in contact with defensive line coach Mike Elston regularly.

"I talk to my coach every day," Jones said. "He just tells to make sure I finish strong, I'm taking care of myself and I'm staying out of trouble."

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