Jones Closes Season With a Championship

Irish quarterback commitment Demetrius Jones ended his senior season on a winning note. The 6-3, 200-pound signal caller played a different position in his final game, but Jones said he just wanted to help his team win in any way he could.

Quarterback Demetrius Jones' final game of his high school career ended almost as he had planned. Jones scored Morgan Park high school's final touchdown of the game, but this time he was catching the pass instead of throwing it.

"That was kind of strange," Jones said of catching the game-winning touchdown from good friend Chris James. "I guess I never thought I'd finish my career that way. I just wanted to help my team win any way I could and I did that."

Jones injured his shoulder before the game and said he had no chance of playing quarterback in the Prep Bowl.

"I couldn't lift my hands over my head," he said. "It hurt, but there was no way I wasn't going to play in this game. I played wide receiver and safety. I just wanted to help my team win. I did help them. I think I had eight tackles, a fumble recovery and I caught the game-winning touchdown."

We had to ask Jones if Chris James, one of Demetrius' best friends, gave him a hard time after the game about throwing the game-winning touchdown.

"Nah, Chris knows the score," he said. "He knows he's a receiver and I'm a quarterback."

Jones told us earlier in the year that his team was going to win it all, we asked him how it felt to do just that.

"We won the city championship and then we won the Prep Bowl," Jones said excitedly. "It was a great feeling. We worked hard this year to do it. I was just glad I could play in the final game."

The Chicago, Ill. native says his shoulder should be just fine in a few weeks.

"I don't need surgery or anything," Jones said. "It's just a bruise. I'll be OK in a few weeks. I've got to get ready for the Army game."

Jones did take time to also catch Notre Dame's game against Stanford this past weekend.

"We're headed to the Fiesta Bowl," Jones said proudly of his future team. "I want to try to get down there, but I'm not sure how that would work as I think I have to be at the Army game before Notre Dame plays. I'd really like to go to the game, but I'll have to wait and see how that goes."

Demetrius will be back on Notre Dame's campus this weekend to take his official visit for the banquet.

"I'm looking forward to that," he said. "I haven't really been keeping up with anyone because I got busy with my season. I'm looking forward to meeting all those guys. It should be fun."

There have been rumors that Demetrius might be taking a second official visit to Tennessee in the future.

"I haven't talked to Tennessee in quite awhile," Jones said. "Ramone (Johnson) mentioned to me that he didn't have anybody to go on the visit with and he asked me to come with him. He's my best friend.

"He didn't want to go alone, and if I went it would only be to help my best friend out. I'm not trying to check them out or anything. Notre Dame is where I'm committed to go to. Ramone hasn't mentioned it to me in awhile so I doubt that happens anyway."

But what did Jones think about playing another position in his final game?

"I don't know," he said. "I felt more comfortable at safety than I did at wide receiver. I liked them both, but I've played safety more so I felt more comfortable there."


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