Status quo for Jones

Four-star athlete Jack Jones now holds 19 offers but is in no hurry to trim his list. Jones hopes to identify his favorite schools later this fall with Notre Dame remaining in that hunt.

Notre Dame offered four-star athlete Jack Jones back in March and the Irish have since maintained close contact with the 5-foot-11, 166-pounder from Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif.

Irish assistant Mike Denbrock visited Poly earlier this month to check on Jones and the two later connected on Twitter. Denbrock has recruited Poly before, most recently coming after Juju Smith and Iman Marshall.

“He just came and watched practice and then on Twitter he told me how he liked how I practiced and things like that,” Jones said.

Coaches from Arizona, USC, Texas A&M and a host of other college programs also have made their way to Poly.

Jones had planned to visit Notre Dame in April during a 7-on-7 tournament outside Chicago, but that didn’t happen.

“I was supposed to go but I couldn’t go because I had to stay and do some work in school,” he said. “I would like to go out there sometime but there’s no guarantee that I can.”

The standout wide receiver/cornerback now holds 19 offers but is no closer to identifying favorites.

“Not really, not right now,” he said. “I still have a long time so I’m going to wait until the middle of the season or the end of the season.”

The schools that make his short list will have a couple of things in common.

“I want a chance to play early and get a good education for after football,” Jones said.

As a junior, Jones caught nearly 70 passes and was just as dominant on defense. He doesn’t have a preference where he plays in college.

“It really doesn’t matter,” he said. “I feel like I could dominate both sides of the ball.”

Jones believes he has playmaking abilities on both offense and defense.

“I can turn a short catch into a touchdown and I know how to make the first guy miss,” he said. “I feel like I can catch anything that’s pretty much thrown to me and (on defense) nobody is getting past me.”

Jones is working on a schedule of unofficial and official visits. Top Stories