For three-star linebacker Jamir Jones, it wasn’t easy picking a favorite moment from his weekend visit to Notre Dame.
Jones, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker from Rochester, N.Y., had no shortage of highlights.
“It went awesome,” he said. “The Echoes (awards show) was outstanding. Everything was so well-planned. It looked almost like ESPN, the ESPY’s. They had a lot of funny stuff they showed. It was outstanding.”
He also enjoyed watching the Irish practice on Friday and Saturday afternoons, mostly because his brother Jarron was back in action after missing the regular season with an injury.
“He got a few reps,” Jones said. “It was awesome to see him. I know he’s just so relieved to be back out there with his family. It was awesome for him.”
Jones and his parents arrived on campus early on Friday and caught practice after a quick lunch at the Guglielmino Family Athletic Center.
After lunch, Jones spent the next couple of hours watching the Irish prepare for their Fiesta Bowl showdown with Ohio State.
“Coach (Brian) VanGorder told me the practices were a lot slower because they’re just getting back into things and getting new kids reps,” Jones said. “It was still high intensity and up-tempo. They looked ready and like they could play tomorrow.”
The evening concluded with the awards show and some down time at his brother’s apartment.
Early on Saturday, Jones sat in on the Irish’s pre-practice defensive meetings then watched again as the Irish worked out. It was there he spent some time talking to head coach Brian Kelly.
“I talked to coach Kelly out on the practice field a little bit,” he said. “He talked about the visit for me and what I needed to do.”
After lunch, Jones and the rest of Notre Dame’s visiting recruits spent time with the strength and conditioning staff as well as the team nutritionist.
Jones also talked with Irish recruiting coordinator Mike Elston.
He spent Saturday night with his brother and several other Notre Dame teammates.
“I just went with my brother again and we went to Sheldon Day’s house,” Jones said. “He had a going away get together.”
On Sunday, Jones had breakfast with Elston and defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.
“Me and coach Elston, we’ve known each other for quite a while now. He was the one that started recruiting me,” Jones said. “He’s a real nice guy, a funny guy. He’s a good person to be around. Coach Gilmore is the same way. He’s real down to earth. He’s more relaxed than coach Elston.”
During the trip Jones also had time to speak to Irish commitments Chase Claypool, Julian Okwara, Julian Love, John Shannon, Tommy Kraemer, Liam Eichenberg and Adetokunbo Ogundeji as well as official visitors Caleb Kelly and Jordan Fuller.
All of the Irish commitments were doing their part in influencing Kelly and Fuller to join Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2016.
“They’re both cool kids,” Jones said. “I’m trying to get them to come in and convince them that there is no other school like it.”
Jones will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in California on Jan. 3.