Notre Dame offers Jake Stoneburner

Jake Stoneburner got a text message Thursday night from Notre Dame recruiting coordinator and receivers coach Rob Ianello to call him. Stoneburner dialed him up and the two talked about how Ianello liked his film and how he could fit into Notre Dame's offense as a tight end. Ianello then told Stoneburner, you should give head football coach Charlie Weis a call tomorrow morning at 10:30.

For Jake Stoneburner, 10:30 couldn't come soon enough. His phone call with Ianello ended at 8:30 p.m. Tick tock, tick tock.

"Getting to 10:30 was taking so long," the Dublin Coffman (Ohio) product said. "The whole week of school, we hadn't had a full day because of the weather. I had to sit through every period. Even last night it was taking so long. I got off the phone with coach Ianello and was wishing I was calling coach Weis at 10:30 at night, not 10:30 in the morning."

Well 10:30 a.m. finally rolled around, and the 6-foot-5, 218-pound Stoneburner gave Weis a buzz from the athletic directors office. There wasn't much waiting after that.

"Jake, we told you we were going to evaluate your film after signing day," Stoneburner said of the first thing out of Weis's mouth. "I watched your film, I was very impressed and we are going to offer you a scholarship. That was the first thing he said. He got it over with real quick and I was so excited.

"I like him a lot. I was sitting there with my athletic director and he heard me talking to coach Weis, and said he got goose bumps. He was real laid back. I was real nervous calling a big time coach like him, and he made me feel real comfortable and real welcome."

Stoneburner is a big time player. It's no wonder the Irish staff liked his film. From the same high school as former Irish players Brady Quinn and Chinedum Ndukwe, Stoneburner caught 63 passes for 946 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver. He was one reception off the school record.

"Coach Weis told me he thought I was tweener at first," Stoneburner said. "Then he watched my film and said I have really good ball skills, and good mobility for my size. He said they want me coming in around 240-245 pounds and playing at 250-255 pounds while keeping all my ball skills.

"They said I can fit in that h-back kind of role, what (John) Carlson kind of plays right now. Being able to stretch the field, use my ball schools to throw me the ball as a wide receiver or out of the backfield. They want me to eat my way into a tight end."

Stoneburner now has offers from Notre Dame, Iowa and Clemson. His 40-yard dash time is 4.53, and has a shuttle time of 4.37. His early favorites in no particular order are Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Clemson and Tennessee. His GPA is 3.5.

"As of right now, I'm going to let these offers kind of sit and new offers are going to come in every couple weeks," Stoneburner said. "This summer I want to start looking at schools and seeing what schools are best for me. I just want to figure out what's right for me. It might be this summer, it might be a year from now. I don't think I'll be a signing day guy, because I wouldn't want to hold out that long. Sometime after my senior season would probably be the latest."

Stoneburner loves the way the tight end is utilized in Weis's offense.

"Their tight end caught over 40 passes last year, and wide receivers don't even catch that in a year," he stated. "You can't beat that."

Stoneburner's teammate and best friend Mike Adams already has an offer from Notre Dame. He will be one of the most sought after offensive tackles in the nation.


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