ND Stops In Twice, To See Four-Star Safety

Mike Jones has gotten used to seeing college coaches come by Edgewater High in Orlando, Fla., to see him.

What the four-star safety is not accustomed to, is seeing his father at school in the middle of the day, schmoozing with one of those recruiters.

The 6-foot-2 ½, 197-pound Jones was called out of class around noon on Tuesday, to check out some coaches that were on campus. Walking up, he was surprised to see his father talking with Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

"I was just smiling," Jones said. He has been offered by Auburn, and besides Notre Dame, is also hearing from Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia, North Carolina State and Kentucky.

"I didn't know he was there," Jones said of his father. "He had played with my Dad or whatever, so then he came up to the school and told my Dad they were going to offer me."

Brown called his former teammate Aaron Jones, who he played with while suiting up for the New England Patriots, to come down to the school. Jones played in the NFL for nine seasons, lining up as a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. He was a first round draft choice out of Eastern Kentucky in 1988.

"My Dad was just saying that (coach Brown) is a good guy," Jones said.

Notre Dame thinks Jones is a good player. Irish assistant coach Bernie Parmalee dropped by an Edgewater spring practice last week. He returned to the school with Brown on Tuesday.

"They were saying they like my style of play," Jones said.

This past season, Jones only played in the first five games because of a separated shoulder. He still managed to post 56 tackles, eight sacks, 10 pass deflections, and four caused fumbles.

"They say they like my game speed and stuff," Jones said of what he is hearing from college recruiters. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

Before last week, Jones had only been receiving mail from Notre Dame. Now he has a business card and plans to be in touch.

"I know that they're a real prestigious school," Jones said. "They had a great recruiting class last year, so you know the team is going to be good."

It's early, but Jones lists his favorites as Notre Dame, Auburn, Michigan and Ohio State. He feels that Michigan is close to offering as well.

Jones anticipates making a verbal commitment to a lucky program sometime during his senior season, and also plans on visiting Notre Dame.

"I'm just trying to look for a good coaching staff and then early playing time."


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