Jones Lands Third Offer at Irish Junior Day

Morgan Park, Ill. quarterback Demetrius Jones has been a top target of new Irish coach Charlie Weis for quite some time. Weis made it official on Sunday, offering Jones a scholarship at Notre Dame's junior day. Irish Eyes caught up with Jones on his ride home to find out what he thought of his offer from Notre Dame.

Quarterback Demetrius Jones got what he wanted when he went to Notre Dame's junior day on Sunday.

"The visit went great," said Jones. "They offered me a scholarship."

Jones had mentioned the Irish were high on his list in our previous conversation. We asked Jones how it felt to be offered by one of his favorites.

"It felt great," Jones said. "I told you that Notre Dame was my No. 2 school last time we talked to so it was pretty exciting to get an offer from them. They're my third offer, and I really was happy to get one from Notre Dame."

The Irish were behind his leader, Illinois, the last time we spoke to him.

"It's pretty much neck and neck right now," he said. "Both are close to home. I don't want to say one has the edge over the other right now."

Jones said he was very impressed with all the Notre Dame coaches at junior day.

"I feel very confident about coach Weis and coach Cutcliffe," Jones said. "Coach Weis is one of the best in the business, and coach Cutcliffe has obviously coached some great quarterbacks.

"I feel real confident they're going to get it done there. And then you throw in the degree and that's another big factor. Their alumni support, and what you can do when you get that degree, that's a big part of it."

We asked Jones if he was able to tour the facilities.

"We took a bus tour around campus," he said. "We weren't able to tour their new training facility, but you can tell it's going to be top notch. They showed us a film and diagrams of it."

Will Jones make an early decision?

"Like I said last time, I just want to make sure of my decision," Jones said. "If it comes before signing day, I'll go ahead and commit. I just want to be sure of my decision so I don't have to decommit and commit and then decommit and all that. I don't want schools to have to wonder about my decision."

Coach Rob Ianello is recruiting Jones for the Irish and they've already developed a solid relationship.

"I like coach Ianello a lot," he said. "I've known him since I was sophomore while he was at Wisconsin. I'm real cool with him. I feel really comfortable with him."

Comments: The Irish obviously helped their chances of landing Jones with his recent offer. Notre Dame will likely have to put up a fight for him when all is said and done. His teammate, Chris James, is a top wide receiver and both mentioned to me yesterday they'd like to play together in college. James' decision could play a factor in where Jones chooses to play his college football.


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