Velus Jones wondered if Notre Dame might make a move at some point.
Irish assistant Autry Denson had been in touch for some time before visiting Monday to meet with the receiver from Saraland, Ala., a longtime USC commitment. Denson extended a scholarship offer to formally get in the mix.
“I was hearing from them for awhile,” Denson said. “The reason they didn’t offer so fast was because I was committed to USC and everything. But I’ve opened up my recruitment, so they came in and offered me (Monday).”
Jones remains in the commitment column for USC but continues to assess other options.
Oklahoma and Michigan have received official visits. Jones plans to see Tennessee this weekend and is considering a trip to Mississippi State. Denson talked about getting Jones up to Notre Dame in mid-January.
“We talked about a lot of things,” Jones said. “Like how Notre Dame can help you after, how a degree from Notre Dame can help you after football. He said they want the best to compete in the classroom and on the field and all kinds of things. He said if I go to Notre Dame or any other school, I’m gonna compete and be a good football player. He just gave me life lessons. He’s a cool guy.”
Should Jones make it to campus the weekend of Jan. 15, he’ll be looking to soak in the environment rather than check off a list of things to learn.
“I pretty much know a lot,” Jones said. “Just going up there, getting a feel and seeing if I could spend my years of college there.”
Jones also continues to communicate with USC.
Wide receivers coach Tee Martin planned to touch based with Jones on Monday night after Clay Helton went from interim to full-time head coach. Jones hasn’t yet talked with Helton in great detail.
Jones has been committed to the Trojans since April.
“I’ve talked to him,” Jones said. “Just need to get to know him a little better.”
In terms of final decision, Jones is comfortable with however it plays out between now and National Signing Day.
“I’m just trying to find the best place for me,” he said.