Micah Jones was well-known by Notre Dame when he gave the Irish his commitment on February 17 over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and others.
Jones is planning early enrollment and will add a tall body to DelVaughn Alexander’s group who could lose Equanimeous St. Brown and Alizé Jones to the NFL after next season.
Along with several of his fellow Notre Dame commitments, Jones has been contacting several recruits who hold Irish offers in an attempt to persuade them to join the talent-rich class Brian Kelly and Co. have put together.
The 6-foot-5 pass-catcher plans to continue those efforts this weekend at the Blue-Gold Game.
“I plan to spend a lot of time talking with Thomas Booker and I also want to get to know Kevin Austin and Chase Cota,” Jones said. “I can’t say who will commit and who won’t, but I personally really like Thomas Booker and George Takacs.”
The Maryland defensive end and the Florida tight end both visited Notre Dame on March 31, while Jones was on campus. He was able to sit down with the pair of prized recruits to deliver his Irish sales pitch.
Both Booker and Takacs are very high, if not on top, of Notre Dame’s board at their positions.
This Saturday, Jones will assess Chip Long’s new offense and his future teammates within it. As a firmly committed recruit, he can enjoy himself thoroughly without having to spend time going through the recruiting process while on campus.
“Just looking for the fan atmosphere, looking at how excited they are for the season,” Jones said. “Should be a great one. Chase Claypool, I think will have a great year, as well as Julian Love, Equanimeous St. Brown and Miles Boykin. Overall, I think both the offense and the defense will have breakout years.”
The Illinois native has been rigorously training since the conclusion of his junior season. He also headlines a talented group of athletes on Midwest Boom, 2017 Pylon 7-on-7 National Champions.
“Training is going well. I’m getting a lot quicker and faster and stronger,” Jones said. “Probably my best offseason yet. I’m 204 (pounds) right now.”
With offensive skill position talents Braden Lenzy, Phil Jurkovec and Markese Stepp also on board early, the Irish have a strong start to their next class. This weekend Jones and Lenzy will both be at the Blue-Gold Game hoping to extend that recruiting run.