Jones standing strong

Tai-ler Jones isn't too concerned with the struggles Notre Dame has faced over the past two weeks. The standout wide receiver from Gainesville High School (Ga.) changed his commitment once this year, but he doesn't plan on doing it again.

Although Notre Dame has dropped consecutive games, Tai-ler Jones (6-foot-0, 183-pounds) isn't concerned about the future of the Irish football program. He's also adamant that he'll be a part of it.

"It's not weighing too much on me," Jones said of Notre Dame's struggles. "I've watched both of those games, and they've been good games on Notre Dame's behalf. I feel that Notre Dame is on the rise. Maybe not this year, but next year I think they'll have the kinks and fine details that they didn't have time to work out this year due to injuries and some of the other negatives that have happened.

"It's important (play well the last two games) because that's the school that I'm going to next year, and I want to see them succeed and finish out the season strong. But if don't, that's not going to make me second guess my commitment or have me de-commit and open my recruitment back up.

"I'd hate to see coach Weis leave," he explained. "But at the same time, I chose Notre Dame not only for the coaching staff and what it can offer me athletically, but also what the school and the degree that I can get from Notre Dame. If there were a coaching change, I'd hate to see Charlie leave, but I'd adapt and learn about the new coach coming in."

Any adapting in the Georgia state playoffs will need to be done by whoever is trying to shut down Jones, as Gainesville continues to dominate the opposition.

"We're 11-0, No. 1 in the state and heading into the second round of the playoffs this Friday," Jones said. "Personally I have 54 catches for 1,105 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns. I also have two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown."


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