Jones has Irish in top eight
The Irish offered four-star and Scout.com's No. 10 ranked running back, Ronald Jones, two weeks ago. On Monday, Jones released his top eight schools. Arkansas, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon and USC all made the cut. "I looked at the winning traditions of the teams, education, and offense to determine the schools," Jones said. "My list could still change, but that's what it looks like right now." In March alone, Jones added offers from Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas and USC. Jones said Arkansans and Oklahoma are ranked highest among the top eight, but Notre Dame isn't far behind. "Notre Dame would be in my top eight even if I didn't have an offer from them," Jones said, laughing. "They are just such a prestigious school. Between the school and football program, it's top of the line." Jones said he's sees himself as potential fit in Notre Dame's offense. "I have been talking to Coach (Kerry) Cooks for a while, so I was excited when the offer came through," Jones said. "I am hoping to talk to Coach Alford soon. I know he likes my speed and my lateral ability and thinks that I would be a good complement to the read option and how they run it with Everett Golson there. They also are impressed with my academics." Jones plans to visit USC and Oregon in late April or June, and he hopes to visit Notre Dame this summer. This spring he has visited Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State and TCU. Hoping to graduate in December and enroll early, Jones says he plans to commit in the fall. "I wil probably take a few official visits and commit sometime in October," Jones said. "I'll probably narrow my list again to a top five sometime in the next couple of months and then go from there." For Jones, calibre of competition matters. "What conference a school plays in is important," Jones said. "But, Notre Dame still plays top competition, so that's the main thing. They produce great players. Golden Tate is one of my favorites." The 6-foot, 185-pound running back says both the spread offense and pro style appeal to him. "I am conflicted there," Jones said. "The spread is fun to play in and the pro gets you prepared for the league." As a junior in 2013, Jones ran for 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns, averaging 9.9 yards per carry as he led McKinney North to the second round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs.
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