Tai-ler Jones Talks About His ND Offer.

Tai-ler Jones and his father Andre had to take a second to compose themselves.

Finally, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis asked, what do you think about that?

Tai-ler Jones thought it was overwhelming.

With roughly 15 written scholarship offers in hand, the 6-foot, 175-pound, four-star receiver from Gainesville, Ga., added another one from Weis and the Irish staff at Notre Dame's junior day on Saturday.

"This was definitely the most overwhelming feeling, when I opened it up and saw it was an offer letter," Jones said.

Jones' father Andre played defensive end at Notre Dame from 1987-90, helping the Irish win a National Championship in 1988. Jones thought his dad was going to cry. Everything that played into the moment almost pushed the younger Jones to tears of joy himself.

"I thought I was for a second," he said. "I was like whoa, but I kept it in.

"It was complete silence. I was just so amazed that it was an offer. I was speechless."

Notre Dame assistant coach Jon Tenuta asked the Gainesville High star to arrive in South Bend early. Jones and his father caught up with him, before meeting with receivers coach Rob Ianello. Then it was off to Weis' office.

"He talked to me and told me he watched my film and he liked what he saw, and he sees everything he wants in a player when he watched my film, and that has led up to this, and he slid an envelope across the table and I opened it up, and it was an offer letter."

Jones also holds offers letters from places like Ohio State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, North Carolina, Miami, Ole' Miss, Arkansas and Wake Forest. This past season, the speedy playmaker caught 81 passes for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"(Coach Weis) said that he's not in any rush to push me or force me to commit, and to take my time, and when I'm ready to commit, just to call him and take all the time I need.

"The overwhelming feeling wanted me to be like I'm going here. But once I calmed down and was able to think again and talk, I know I want to wait it out and stretch the process out a little longer."

Jones would like to be verbally committed before his senior season, and would also like to try and play baseball on the next level as well. He didn't get a chance to talk to any Notre Dame personnel about that while in South Bend.

This was Jones' second-ever trip to Notre Dame. He visited for the Michigan game back in the fall when his dad's National Championship team was being honored.

"I just got to see a more broader vision of the campus, and see parts of the campus I didn't get to see last time I came up here."

Jones got some more one-on-one time with Ianello later in the day.

"He's a very personable person and he tells you how it is, straight up," Jones explained. "He doesn't beat around the bush or tell you stuff you want to hear. He already thought about how they would use me in the offense, which showed he had a plan and they had a plan of how they were going to use me, so it wasn't just another offer."

And this wasn't just another junior day experience for Jones. He will attend Ohio State's today, and said that the time he had on the Irish campus will be tough to beat.

"It just kept getting better," Jones said of Saturday. "They were able to fit a lot of different things into such a little time span, and I got a lot of one-on-one conversations with the coaches, and asked them a lot of questions, and answered a lot of questions they had. The day just kept getting better and better as it went on."

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