Three-star linebacker Jamir Jones hoped to use the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl to showcase his talents on the national stage.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Rochester, N.Y., didn’t wait for the game, which will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 3. He introduced himself to his teammates with a pick-six and several other big plays during the first day of practice on Wednesday.
“I was in man-to-man (coverage) on the back and as I was running to the flat the quarterback tried to throw a hitch behind me,” Jones said. “I stopped and picked it off.”
Jones drew rave reviews from the Scout.com national analysts on site for his aggressive and physical style of play.
“Practice has been very fun,” Jones said. “The coaches push you just to try your best and learn the scheme. They let us use our own technique though. I just want to get better every day. With all the talent out here I feel like that will push me to keep up and be on my game at all times. I want to represent for my hometown and Notre Dame.”
For Jones competing against many of the nation’s top high school football seniors would be a measuring stick for where he is at prior to heading to South Bend.
His performance on Day 1 provided a boost to his confidence.
“I think I was definitely able to compete with all the talent we had,” he said. “I felt comfortable and able to play my game. I’m just looking forward to competing and representing.”
Four-star running back Khalid Kareem, another Notre Dame commitment, also is participating in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.