Micah Jones spent a couple days at Notre Dame this weekend, often seeing people that seemed familiar even if they’d just met.
Attending Junior Day and turning the trip into an overnight visit helped the three-star wide receiver from Gurnee, Ill., see the Irish in more depth. It also allowed him to get to know the people — coaches, players and current verbal commitments.
“Just the fact that I’m a lot like the guys on the team,” Jones said of his biggest takeaway. “We all act alike and that is going to be a big factor in my decision. We’re all social but get down to business as well when needed.”
Jones met all six Notre Dame verbal commitments. He also got to know some new faces on the coaching staff.
Former wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock had served as primary recruiter for the 6-foot-5, 195-pound prospect. New position coach Del Alexander and offensive coordinator Chip Long both left a positive impression.
Head coach Brian Kelly checked in as well to let Jones know where things stand.
“They like me playing the outside receiver where I can use my length and body type,” Jones said. I like how the system is up tempo and uses all the playmakers in the offense.”
Among the commitments, four-star running back Markese Stepp has taken a lead role in recruiting Jones to join the class. Others chipped in this weekend.
“It was great,” Jones said. “Loved talking with them. They’re also a lot like me. They all have the same goal.”
Next up for Jones is likely an overnight visit to Michigan State later this month. Northwestern played host for one of its own recently. Illinois and Iowa are also top contenders.
Other scholarship offers on the table include Indiana, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Syracuse and Vanderbilt. Nebraska and Washington State have recently reached out to express interest.
Jones plans to move forward with at least a few more visits and is targeting a commitment in April. Notre Dame has cemented itself as a finalist.
“They are definitely one of my top schools and will be up there until the end,” Jones said. “I love everything about Notre Dame and what it has to offer not only on the field but off it as well. Like they continue to say it’s a 4-to-40 year decision. And they really stuck by that on my visit.”