Jones Talks Notre Dame and Michigan

Mike Jones lists Notre Dame and Michigan as his top two schools, and the standout safety from Orlando, Fla., visited both campus for the first time over the last few days.

Each program have given Mike Jones a lot to think about.

"I probably won't decide until like the fifth game of the season," the Edgewater High star said. "Both of these schools are so cool and good, I don't know."

One thing the 6-foot-2 ½, 197-pound Jones does know, is that Michigan has offered a scholarship, and the Irish haven't. And that kind of hurts Notre Dame.

"Yeah because Michigan, I'm like their top dude." Jones said. "(Notre Dame), they were saying that they had some other kids, but they were really trying to get me. But I don't really know."

However, a Notre Dame offer could even the playing field.

"I'm not the type to hold grudges or nothing," Jones stated.

What's keeping the Irish in the picture despite an offer?

"Coach (Corwin) Brown man," Jones began. His father Aaron Jones was a teammate with the Notre Dame defensive coordinator while they both played for the New England Patriots. "He is just real good. That's a good, good coach."

The Notre Dame campus wasn't bad either.

"Notre Dame, like the campus is flawless," Jones began. "It's really something to see, and has great tradition."

Jones was in South Bend on Friday and Saturday. The first night, he hung out with Kerry Neal, Jamoris Slaughter, Emeka Nwankwo and a few other players.

"It was cool," Jones said. "We just chilled and went to a little party or something. Everyone was cool.

"Saturday we met with coach Brown and then we had a tour of the campus. We went to the academic center and talked with them. Then we saw the weight room and the locker room and all that stuff. After that we went and talked with coach Brown and saw some game film. Then we went to the one game with the old dudes playing (the fantasy football camp)."

There is a possibility Jones makes it back to campus on Tuesday.

"I have to talk to my Dad. I don't really know if I'm going back or not."

On Sunday, Jones and his family dropped his sister off at Marquette University, where she'll be a freshman volleyball player. Today he was in Ann Arbor to check out Michigan.

"Oh man, it was nice," Jones said.

"The facilities are nice. Things there, they're doing some stadium work. I think they said it was like 230 million. They're going to be adding more seats and box seats. It was cool."

Jones also spent time with defensive backs coach Tony Gibson.

"He was real cool," Jones said.

The Irish like Jones at strong safety. As a junior, he only played in the first five games because of a separated shoulder, but still managed to post 56 tackles, eight sacks, 10 pass deflections, and four caused fumbles.

Jones also holds scholarship offers from Auburn, Wake Forest, North Carolina, South Florida and Central Florida. He has been adamant about playing college football up north, and it looks like that will be in Ann Arbor or South Bend. Top Stories