The younger brother of Irish defensive lineman Jarron Jones has visited the campus several times in the past and the 6-foot-4, 210-pound three-star linebacker from Rochester, N.Y., plans to return to South Bend for the Irish’s junior day event on March 21.
“My dad was always planning on going down there for the coaches’ clinic they’re doing and they went down for a parent weekend with my brother and they talked to coach (Brian) VanGorder a little bit and he said he wanted me to come down for the junior day,” Jones said. “I’ve already been down for games and got on the sideline and tours and stuff like that.”
“They said they still have to evaluate me,” he said. “I had a sense that I was getting close when they told my mother they were really impressed. They were waiting for my film to come out and when it finally came out they said they were impressed with me and I was definitely on their watch list.”
Older brother Jarron has helped that process and has shared with Jamir the benefits of attending Notre Dame.
“He’s been getting them my film and stuff like that,” Jones said. “He told me he loves it and there’s not going to be a school that’s better than Notre Dame. He just tells me to keep up with my grades and stuff like that. I love it. It’s a beautiful campus and a great place. There’s still a lot I need to look into.”
“I want to get down to Old Dominion and Rutgers and Boston College this spring,” he said. “In the summer I want to get to some more schools. Hopefully I’ll have some more offers by then so I can go to some more schools.”
As a junior, Jones filled in at quarterback when Aquinas Institute starter Jake Zembiec went down with a wrist injury. While he played well enough to earn all-state honors as an athlete, his time on defense was limited.
“I played the first game and the last game at defensive end,” he said. “The rest of the season I was playing big third downs, like third-and-one, and they’d tell me to go in there.”
Jones recorded about 20 tackles and six sacks.
This season he expects to return to his natural position and he’s looking forward to developing into a college linebacker.
“I’m more comfortable with my hand on the ground but I’d have to gain a lot more weight,” he said. “This year I’m going to play a lot more linebacker to get more comfortable at that. I think a 3-4 outside linebacker would be a perfect position for me.”
Jones, who also had two older brothers play football at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., expects to attend The Opening regional camp as well as a Nike Football Training Camp.