Tai-ler Jones(6-foot-0, 183-pounds)had been planning to visit Notre Dame for several months, and Notre Dame was everything he expected it to be and more."I called the Stanford coaches and told them that it wasn't anything personal, but my feelings had changed over time," Jones explained. "I then called the Notre Dame and told them. I spoke with coach Ianello and I told him that I wanted to accept their offer and be a part of the Fighting Irish.
"It's a program that I want to be around and be a part of. I really felt like I want to be a part of what they have. Coming into the game they were a big underdog, and to show up and play the way they did against USC tells you a lot about what that team can do when they believe, and that's definitely something that I want to be a part of. I want to be a part of a team that's building to a national championship." While on his visit Jones had a chance to catch up with Notre Dame linebacker Toryan Smith, a friend he's know for some time.
"He hasn't had the ideal football career at Notre Dame," Jones said. "But he said that the people you're surrounded by, they make sure that you're taken care of. He said that he's happy with his decision to go to school there even though things haven't gone the way he wanted them to. He knows he has a life after graduation.
"My dad is ecstatic. He's always wanted me to wear the blue and gold and run onto the field just the way he used to do. It's definitely an overwhelming feeling knowing that I'm going to Notre Dame now."Although Notre Dame didn't win this weekend, Jones was impressed by the gameday atmosphere.
"The atmosphere is one of a kind," he said. "Notre Dame fans are like no others. One of the main reasons the players get up for the game is because of the way the fans are and the way the campus is on gameday.
"The offense is very strong and very deep at every position including the offensive line. I know Jimmy Clausen only has one year left, but have Dayne Crist behind him and they have two more quarterbacks coming my class. They get the ball to the receivers and it's an offense I'd like to play in."
Jones has 36 catches for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.