Micah Jones set out for Irish Invasion hoping to show improvement.
College coaches already know the junior receiver from Gurnee, Ill., has plenty of size. He checks in at about 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds. Jones wanted to put speed, route running and ball skills on display for Notre Dame during its biggest summer camp.
“I wanted to come in and show them that I had top-end speed,” Jones said. “A lot of top-end speed. That I could get over DBs and have good route running as well, have good hands and good route running. I think I did pretty well showing all of that. There’s a lot of things I could still improve on but that’s what I was trying to show.”
Jones already holds scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Syracuse.
Turning in a strong performance at Notre Dame could put another one on the table. Jones received positive feedback from wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock, who helped coach him throughout the event from position drills to one-on-ones.
Now Jones will wait to see whether that positivity brings earns him an offer.
“I do get a sense a little bit of what’s next with them,” Jones said. “I think they might offer me pretty soon. They said they’re gonna go back and watch the film but I think it looks pretty good from here.”
Landing that offer would be significant for Jones, who’s visited South Bend multiple times.
“It would change a lot,” he said. “It’s one of the offers I’ve wanted for a while and waited for and trained for. I think it would change a lot in my recruiting aspect of things. But we’ll see what happens.”
Jones won’t rest on his Irish Invasion performance.
Michigan State will host him for camp later this week. Jones also hopes to camp with Kentucky and Wisconsin. By the end of this summer, Jones wants to take stock of his options and plan the next step.
“I hope that I gain a couple more offers here coming up,” Jones said. “Hopefully I can make my decision quicker coming up here at the end of the year. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully it’ll be at the end of the year.”