Five schools remain for Stafford (Texas) four-star wide receiver Hezekiah Jones.
The Scout 300 prospect and former Baylor commitment spoke with Irish Illustrated about his top five on Monday morning.
“Alabama, A&M, Notre Dame, Houston and Auburn,” Jones said. “In no order.”
Alabama - “Their receiver production has been phenomenal the past few years. They put first-rounders in the league. They’re all about winning.”
Auburn: “Same thing with them. I like the environment there. It’s really laidback. The coaches know what they’re doing.”
Houston: “Tom Herman is a great coach. You can see what he did with that team last year. He’s someone I most definitely would like to play for.”
Notre Dame: “The tradition is phenomenal. Like no other, really. When I went there, I loved my visit. I’m most definitely planning an official visit. What they did with Will Fuller, it matches my style, which is why I like them so much.”
Texas A&M: “It’s close to home. Coach (Noel) Mazzone is a great coach. They’ve been recruiting me since the eighth grade.”
The Irish jumped in the mix with an offer more than a month before Jones announced a de-commitment from the Bears. Offensive assistants Mike Denbrock and Scott Booker are Notre Dame’s lead recruiters for Jones.
“They’re really laidback,” Jones said. “They’ve put some good receivers in the league with (Michael) Floyd, Golden Tate, TJ Jones and Will Fuller. They’re all speedy receivers and they have all been successful in the NFL, so that’s why I like their coaches.”
Notre Dame got the 6-foot, 191-pound receiver on campus in April for the Blue-Gold Game.
Jones plans to return to South Bend in September on an official visit when Notre Dame hosts Michigan State in primetime.
“I think it’s the MSU game that we’re planning for the Notre Dame visit,” Jones said. “I need to get back up there. I really liked it when I was there my first time.”
College Station, a 90-minute drive from Stafford, could get Jones on campus for a second time this summer.
“I’ll get up to A&M again because it’s so close,” Jones said. “I’ve been there already this summer and Auburn, too.”
Jones plans to announce a decision following the season and after he’s taken all five official visits.
As a junior, Jones caught 35 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns to earn 12-4A first team All-District honors.