Jones Taking His Time

Notre Dame continues to search for a second quarterback for the 2006 recruiting class. Demetrius Jones (6-3, 190 pounds) of Morgan Park HS (Chicago, Ill.) not only is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but he is also one of Coach Weis's main targets for the second slot. Can the Irish land two of the top quarterback prospects in the nation?

The May recruiting period has come and gone, and the number of scholarship offers to quarterbacks hasn't increased. That doesn't mean it won't, as a number of standout quarterbacks will be attending Notre Dame's football camp in June. The coaching staff will use the football camp to evaluated additional prospects, but it's quite possible that the Charlie Weis has found his man in Demetrius Jones.

"Yeah, I talk to them quite often," said Jones when asked if he has been keeping in touch with the Notre Dame coaching staff. "We talk about ND and other things going on."

Notre Dame has been at the top of Demetrius' list for awhile. Are the Irish still there after the busy month of May?

"Yep, they're at the top with Illinois," he replied. "I'm also considering Tennessee, Purdue, Bowling Green and Boston College,"

"It fluctuates between them (Notre Dame and Illinois) all the time," he answered. "It's going to stay that way until I announce my decision. I'll likely make my decision before the end of summer, but I might announce during the U.S. Army All-Star game if I get invited. When I'm 110% sure on the school I'll let it be known.

"Making a college decision is more than an athletic decision, it's a business decision," he continued. "What if you get hurt? You have to ask yourself if you'd like the school as much without football. A lot of guys choose a school and their main reason for going there is to play football. It's gotta be more than that.

"I'm not sweating it much because we can't sign until February and I can't lose with any of the schools I'm considering," Jones added.

The Illini recently received a commitment from highly-touted quarterback Isiah Williams. Will this commitment affect Demetrius' decision?

"It's no different then when Zach (Frazer) committed to Notre Dame," Jones said. "I'm not concerned about what they do."

"We're (Williams) similar type quarterbacks. I can probably do some things better than he can, and he can probably do some things better than me," said Jones. "We're friends though. We've played in the same basketball and football league since we were in sixth grade."

Jones reports a 3.3 GPA/June 11 ACT.

Comments: The Irish and the Illini have been Demetrius' top two teams for several months now, and according to him, it will likely stay a two-horse race. It's a good sign that he is keeping in touch with the Notre Dame coaches. I imagine that the Irish coaches would like to have their second quarterback committed before the season, and that seems to fit Demetrius' plans. Top Stories