In order to get Tai-ler Jones(6-foot-0, 183-pounds) to switch his commitment from Stanford the Notre Dame coaching staff had to get him on campus. That will happen this weekend when the Irish take on the USC Trojans. Now the Irish will need to perform on the field, as Jones will be looking to see how they compete against one the top programs in the country.
"It is important," Jones responded when asked how Notre Dame's performance would affect his decision. "After the game, I'm looking for the team chemistry and the relationship between the players and the coaches. Regardless of a win or loss, as long as they play as a team, and show team chemistry and what they're capable of in the future, that's as good as a win."
If the Irish manage to impress Jones, he's not going to make an immediate decision. He would still like to take additional visits to make certain he's making the right college choice.
"I wouldn't do anything that drastic in one day," Jones explained. "I'll have to evaluate what I saw and then come back home and sit down with my dad and compare it with what I have at Stanford. Once I do that I can make my decision on whether I was going to change.
"As of right now, I'm still solidly committed to Stanford. These official visits are more to cover all aspects of my decision and to make sure that I'm not missing anything or overlooking something. I have my Stanford visit schedule for November 7.
"I plan on taking all five visits," he said. "Right now, I'm also considering Alabama, Oregon and UCLA. I will probably take those at the end of my season or after the season. I'll talk to the coaches at those schools and see what time they feel would be best for me to come visit and we'll go from there."
Throughout the recruiting process Jones has been in contact with Notre Dame on a regular basis. Despite being a wide receiver, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta has been handling his recruitment for Notre Dame.
"I talk to them about once every two weeks," Jones said. "I talk to coach Tenuta, my recruiting coach. (Not being recruited by an offensive coach) doesn't weigh too much on me, because I know certain coaches have certain areas to recruit. It's easier to leave the majority of the communications up to the recruiting coach in the area, rather than another coach going out of his way to make contact with another athlete when he has 50 or more athletes to stay in contact with."