USAAAB: Decision looming for Jones
Irish Eyes spoke with 6-foot-4, 222-pound five-star tight end Alize Jones on site Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas. In general, his thought process from now until signing day: "I will end up making my decision in January. It will definitely be after my official to UCLA. I'm sure Brian Kelly will do his in-home after that. And, that's when I'll make my decision." On what stands out to him about Notre Dame: "I really like the coaching staff. I have a great relationship with Coach (Mike) Denbrock and Coach (Scott) Booker. I have talked with Brian Kelly a lot. The academics are amazing, I really love it there. A degree fro mNotre Dame is big. I really like how they use their tight ends. They have a great history of putting guys into the NFL. And, that's what I want to do. I want to go to the league. And, if not, I have a great degree to fall back on. That's the main thing - how they use their tight ends. I think their package is great, and it fits me." On what stands out to him about UCLA: "UCLA, I really like them as well. Academics are great. Coach (Jim) Mora is a great guy. The offensive coordinator and tight ends coach are great as well. I really like the offense, I think it fits me as the flex guy. They like me at flex a lot in the jumbo package. I feel that my game is flex and wide out and putting my hand on the ground as well. I think I am a mismatch against linebackers and corners because of my size and speed." On how both teams plan to utilize him in their offense: "Notre Dame is planning on using me just like [former Notre Dame tight end] (Tyler) Eifert. That's why it's a hard decision for me. UCLA has done a lot of flex stuff this year, and they haven't really put tight ends on the ground. At UCLA, they said they would do it for me. I just want to be able to see it. They are telling me that they have a plan, and all of these schools are telling me that they have a plan for me, but I want to be able to see that. Notre Dame showed me on film, and I've seen what they've done in the past with Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack and those guys. UCLA - that's where my heart is at, but at the end of the day I'm going to do what's best for me, and that's what I'll decide after I take this official." On if USC will get a visit: "No." On being recruited to Notre Dame by the Irish commits: "Jerry Tillery is the main guy on me. Brandon Wimbush is always on me, too. We text back and forth a lot, and he's like, 'Man, make that decision and come to Notre Dame.' So, it's great. Those guys have been on me, but at the end of the day they are going to let me do what's best for me. But, yeah, they're putting the pressure on me." On his injuries: "It's my ankle and achilles. I had a high (left) ankle sprain early in the season. I don't think I'm going to practice tomorrow, but I'll definitely practice on Friday and will play on the game on Saturday." On Notre Dame's bowl win over LSU: "It was crazy, I was just really hoping that kicker would make it at the end, and it was a relief when he did." Jones is a five-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 in the class of 2015.
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