Cam Jones does it all for St. Benedict At Auburndale.
The three-star athlete from Cordova, Tenn., makes big plays at receiver and wildcat quarterback. Defensively, he stars at defensive end and in an outside linebacker-hybrid role similar to Notre Dame’s rover spot.
Through the spring, Jones has been building a strong relationship with Notre Dame’s linebacker coach and Tennessee recruiter.
“Coach Clark Lea, he’s a great man,” Jones said. “He came up to my school. We’ve had great conversations over texts and calls that we’ve been having. He’s a great person.”
Lea has expressed a high interest in Jones. A closer look this weekend during Irish Invasion could trigger an offer for 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jones.
“They want me bad, they want me really bad,” Jones said. “They want me at the outside linebacker, rover position because I can come up and make plays and can also cover speed guys. They want me to get up there and see how I can work.
“I think it’s a great spot. You’ve got to be a leader and be on point and make big plays.”
Although details need to be worked out, the Jones family plans to make the trip to South Bend this week to get a close look at what the Irish have to offer.
“That’s the goal,” Jones said. “Nothing’s set in stone but I’ve been talking to the coach and me and my family are planning on getting up there as soon as we can. It’ll be my first time up there.”
The Jones family has a strong football resume.
“My dad was a big-time football player in high school but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to play in college because of a motorcycle accident,” Jones said. “I have an older brother, LaRon Harris that played at (Tennessee) and also played in the (NFL) with the Buffalo Bills. They’ve been working with me since I was six-years-old.”
Jones’ fit varies from program to program. In most cases, recruiters are pushing one particular position for the versatile athlete.
“Some want me on offense, some want me on defense, but most of them just keep me listed as an athlete,” Jones said. “If I do attend their university, that may change but none have been pressuring me to one side of the ball. It doesn’t matter to me.”
The strong academics at Notre Dame sweeten the deal for Jones and especially his mother.
“My mom is big on academics with me,” Jones said. “She’s always been that way with me. She loves football but we all know football is going to end one day and academics is really key. They don’t want me to rush my decision. They want me to go up (to Notre Dame) and get to know the coaches some more and see if that’s where I want to be around for the next four or five years.”
Jones was committed to Indiana but left his commitment on May 25, to pursue other offers, including Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Tulane and Wake Forest.
“My coach and I thought about making a decision before the start of the season,” Jones said. “But nothing is set in stone. It’s kind of up in the air.”
An Irish offer would be a big deal to Jones.
“That’s a big-time offer,” Jones said. “Everybody knows what Notre Dame is capable of. The rivalries, the football program, so that’s a big-time offer. If I got an offer, I’d be blessed for it. I’d definitely take an official up there for one of their games.”
“I can’t wait to get up there.”