Safety thankful for Irish offer

After seeing what they liked in person during the evaluation period, the Irish pulled the trigger in offering Laurens (S.C.) District 55 safety Thomas Jones Jr.

Notre Dame has offered two secondary prospects in South Carolina in the past week. Cornerback Troy Pride went first. Next came safety Thomas Jones Jr., who likes what he knows about the Irish.

“I’m so thankful for this offer,” Jones said. “Notre Dame is a great school. It’s a legendary football program, and everyone knows about it. They also have a great education. I know it’s one of the best in the country.”

Notre Dame assistant Autry Denson evaluated Jones, a product of Laurens District 55, this spring.

“I talked with coach Denson about two weeks ago, but I didn’t know an offer was coming,” Jones said. “My head coach called me and told me he had some big-time news for me.”

Jones also holds offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

“I was going to commit at the end of the summer, but that might change soon,” Jones said.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete will play on both sides of the ball his senior season.

“I will be playing quarterback this year, too,” Jones said. “I haven’t been back there in a while, but I’m looking forward to it. I think I’ll catch on the reads pretty quickly since I know how to read the secondary drops and coverage.”

For Jones, a family atmosphere and a reputable education are important factors in his recruitment.

“Education will first and foremost be important,” Jones said. “I want a good degree, not just good athletics. I want to feel like a family, and I want feel welcome by everybody at the school and not just the other athletes.”

Jones also excels on the diamond. An outfielder, he earned All-State honors in South Carolina as a junior.

Jones plans to take unofficial visits to North Carolina and Vanderbilt this summer.


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