Jones enjoys extended stay
The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Rochester, N.Y., has already visited several times but his three-day trip this weekend was his first as a recruit.
“It went good,” Jones said. “Obviously it’s a great place. It makes me think of what could be if I actually go there. I just look forward to building the relationship with the coaches and all that.”
Jones intended to visit for Junior Day last weekend but his family opted for an extended stay a week later.
That worked in his favor as he had ample opportunity to spend time with his brother, meet the Irish coaching staff and familiarize himself even more with the Notre Dame football program.
“On Thursday I was with coach (Mike) Elston most of the day and met with all the coaches and after my brother got out of practice I went home with him and went to dinner and stuff like that,” Jones said. “The next morning I woke up at 9 a.m. and sat through position meetings again and sat through practice then went to the lacrosse game after practice. That day was more like a recruiting day. I went on a tour of everything after practice and we visited a lot of places and sat down and talked to coach (Brian) Kelly and coach (Brian) VanGorder too.”
The Irish coaches both emphasized how much they’d like to see Jones return for one of their summer camps.
“Because I had to play quarterback all season and didn’t get to play much defense they want me to come back and see me at linebacker since they didn’t get to see much of me at linebacker during the season,” he said.
Sitting in on VanGorder’s position meetings gave Jones a good look at how the defensive coordinator sets up his game plan and coaches the linebackers.
“It was very interesting to see,” Jones said. “They’re always up beat and pay attention a lot. There’s a lot of stuff they go through. I was lost through half of it. I didn’t know what they were talking about, but it was nice. He’s a very aggressive coach. He looks for high-energy guys who always hustle to the ball. It’s great to see how I fit in on the defense.”
Jones was even more impressed while watching practice.
“Practice was good,” he said. “I was excited to see it. I think they have the ability to knock off some teams this year.”
“Everyone loves him,” Jones said. “They talk highly of my brother, even when he’s not around. That’s great to see. I have a lot to live up to.”
Jones has trips planned to Boston College and Duke and he also plans to attend the Nike Camp in New York later this spring. The Eagles and Blue Devils have already offered, as have Buffalo, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse.