No. 1 athlete hopes to visit
The nation’s No. 1 ranked athlete in the Class of 2016 could be visiting Notre Dame this month.
Four-star Long Beach (Calif.) Poly product Jack Jones is part of a 7-on-7 team (B2G) that will be traveling to Chicago for a tournament the weekend of April 25.
“I have to talk to my academic coach and see if I can go on that trip, but if I do, then I know I will get to check out Notre Dame,” Jones said. “That would be a big plus of going to Chicago because Notre Dame is school I really want to visit.”
Notre Dame offered Jones in early March.
“I have watched Notre Dame plenty of times on TV, and I really like how they play,” Jones said. “You can tell that the coaches coach the players the little things, and they definitely play as a team. They all seem to have sound technique and things like that.”
Since landing the Irish offer Jones maintains daily contact with receivers coach Mike Denbrock.
“I talk with Coach Denbrock every day on Twitter,” Jones said. “He likes how quick I am and how I have good route-running techniques.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete says he’s not naming favorites and retracted last month’s statement that UCLA held the lead.
“Washington State is the other school that I talk with every day,” Jones said. “I talk with UCLA and California a lot, too... USC is not out of it, but they’re definitely not near my top schools. I decided not to have a top five anymore because I want to be open to every school.”
A key part for Jones in his recruitment is searching for a fit out of state.
“I really want to leave California for college,” Jones said. “I have lived in Long Beach for my entire life, and I think it’s time for new experiences and to kind of see the world.”
Jones says most schools are recruiting him as an athlete, but Notre Dame has emphasized wide receiver.
Jones made a big jump in the updated Scout 100, which was released on Wednesday. He moved into the Scout 100 last month and now sits at No. 47 overall.
“You can make an argument that he has been the most dominant player out West this spring and he's doing it on both sides of the ball,” said Scout analyst Greg Biggins.
“Jones has emerged as the top corner in the region and has been as good as any receiver out West as well. He has added size and strength, while also picking up speed and quickness. He's playing with a chip on his shoulder and few players compete at a higher level than Jones.”
Jones plans to take official visits in the fall before announcing a commitment.