Four-star adds Irish offer

Four-star cornerback Jaylon Jones didn’t need a refresher course on Notre Dame after it offered a scholarship earlier this week. The Irish have a connection to his high school program and Notre Dame hopes that pays dividends.

Jaylon Jones doesn’t need a primer on Notre Dame after it offered a scholarship.

Former teammate and incoming college freshman Jalen Guyton took care of that last season before signing with the Irish in February. Guyton filled Jones in on the program before some coaching upheaval.

Defensive backs coach and primary recruiter Kerry Cooks departed for Oklahoma, stalling Jones’ recruitment for a moment. New offensive coordinator Mike Sanford picked it back up this week.

“Last year coach Cooks was at Notre Dame and he was recruiting me hard,” said Jones, a four-star cornerback from Allen, Texas. “They were about to offer but he got the job at OU so they offered me. When coach Cooks left I didn’t hear much from Notre Dame. Coach Sanford came about two days ago. That’s when I got to meet him so I’m starting to build a relationship with those guys.”

Notre Dame joins Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Duke, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and USC on the offer list.

Jones knows enough about the Irish already to fit them into the mix with some other contenders.

“It’s a good program obviously,” Jones said. “The head coach, Brian Kelly, is a very good coach. They’re always on the big stage, always on TV. It’s a great place to be in Indiana. I’ve always watched Notre Dame, especially in the bowl games and stuff. I like how their defense is.”

Several top program have already visited Allen High School for spring practice.

Jones has seen LSU, Mississippi State, Colorado State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas, Miami and several others. New contenders are jumping into the mix too for the 5-foot-11, 176-pound prospect.

“It’s getting to that point that the schools that have been with me and offered me before the spring, I have a better relationship with them,” Jones said. “Notre Dame is just now coming in. I’m giving these schools that are coming in now a chance. I just know when it comes to the summer I’ll accept some offers but around that time I’ll be ready to narrow down my list and actually make a decision.”

Jones hopes to make summer visits, with trips to Ole Miss, Ohio State, USC and Miami on a tentative to-do list. A preseason decision is possible.
 
“Great education I think is at every DI school,” Jones said. “But good relationship with the coaches and with my coach that would coach me when I get there. Also the place. I’m gonna be there for four years so I want to see myself being there for four years. Being away from home doesn’t make a difference, whether it’s in Texas or not. But having a good relationship with my position coach and the coaching staff and the environment.”


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