Five-star tight end Alize Jones made the move Thursday many had come to expect.
Despite a longstanding verbal commitment to UCLA, Jones had been considering Notre Dame for months. Jones formalized the end of that process Thursday afternoon before Irish tight ends coach Scott Booker completed a visit to Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas.
Booker departed with a commitment from Jones, multiple sources confirmed to Irish Illustrated afterward. Jones announced the news via Twitter.
Jones joins teammate and friend Nicco Fertitta, a safety, as an Irish commitment. He first visited campus as a rising junior before giving UCLA a commitment. But things picked back up during the season when Jones joined Fertitta on an unofficial visit for the Michigan game.
Later Jones returned for the postseason awards banquet for an official visit, again with Fertitta.
“The academics part, I really liked that,” Jones told Irish Illustrated at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. “I like how they run their system. I got really close with the coaching staff in some type of ways. But coach Booker, coach (Mike) Denbrock, they just sat me and just showed me some of the stuff in the film room and what they do.”
Jones makes 23 commitments for Notre Dame in the Class of 2015, four of which have enrolled for the second semester. He’s the first tight end and only five-star prospect in the current haul.
Scout.com rates the 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect as the No. 32 player overall in the latest rankings and No. 2 tight end. He trails only fellow five-star tight end Chris Clark in the position rankings.