Irish Hope Datone Jones Gives Them A Look

Bringing in defensive lineman that can make plays in the backfield is a priority for Notre Dame with the 2008 recruiting class. Defensive end Datone Jones from Compton High School (Calif.) has a motor that never stops and the Irish would love to get him to South Bend.

Datone Jones (6-foot4, 235 pounds) committed to UCLA about a month ago, but Notre Dame is hoping that he'll take a look around. The Irish recently offered Datone, and he is intrigued by the scholarship offer, but it is likely that he'll stick with the Bruins.

"Notre Dame has always been one of my top schools, so it was crazy when I got the offer," Jones responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "[Charlie Weis] said that I was a special player. I love them. I remember when they played USC [in 2005]. I was hoping Notre Dame would win, but [Matt] Leinart ran in that touchdown at the end. After that game I said that I wanted to go there."

Jones is a force up front and he can dominate a game. Despite his commitment you can be certain he hasn't received his last scholarship offer.

"Nothing has popped up lately, but anything can happen," Jones said. "I haven't had a lot of new offers, but a lot of schools have been in touch with me. A lot of schools are sending me mail. I just got mail from Florida today.

"I think I have about 11 offers. I have offers from Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona Sate, Notre Dame, USC, and UCLA. I basically have offers from the whole PAC-10.

"All my offers are important, but a commitment is a commitment," Jones explained. "I want to give everyone a shot, but I'm committed to UCLA. I think about it every night, but I'm a man of my word.

"Everyone asks me if I'm going to take some other visits, but I really haven't decided yet. I'd like to give everyone a shot, but a commitment is a commitment."

Last season Jones registered 60 tackles and four sacks. Those numbers are solid, but you can bet that he'll eclipse them when he steps onto the field as a senior.

"It's hard to block me because I get off the ball and I use my hands real well," Jones explained. "I can bull rush you. I can speed rush you. It's just hard to block me. If you've seen my highlights you'll see, and I've got a lot more. I just got the MVP of the Nike camp.

"I bring the team to the field and we're the wrecking crew. We put everything on the field. It's in your heart, once you step on the field you just want to kill anyone who doesn't have the same color jersey as us."


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