Christian Jones - Under Armor Game

Notre Dame would like to add another linebacker to its 2010 recruiting class and Christian Jones from Lake Howell High School (Winter Park, FL) is one of their top targets. This week Jones is participating in the Under All American game in Orlando Fla.

Christian Jones (6-foot-4, 215-pounds) is not only a fantastic athlete, but he's also a great kid off the field. He certainly looks the part of one of the top linebackers in the country. He's a long rangy athlete that could evolve into a DE, but he certainly moves well enough to stick at outside linebacker. He'd be a great fit for a ‘3-4' defensive scheme.

Jones moves well in space, but can also work his way through traffic and make plays. He turned in one to the day's biggest hit fighting off a couple blocks and taking down 5-star running back Michael Dyer.

Scout.com's South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons was impressed with Jones' effort at Wednesday's practice

Jones is an athletic linebacker that has really blossomed in 2009. He is a rangy backer with great speed and lateral movement. He was all over the field crashing down against the run and was very fluid when he dropped back into coverage. Jones has risen up to be one of the top prospects in Florida over the past few months.

Jones took his official visit to Notre Dame for the Boston College game, and shortly afterward named Notre Dame one of his favorites. Shortly after that game Notre Dame's season took a nose dive and the Irish were looking for a new head coach. Despite the turmoil surrounding the Notre Dame football program, Jones still remains interested in the Irish.

"I haven't talked to him yet," Jones replied when asked about Notre Dame new head coach Brian Kelly. "I've talked to coach Alford and he said that (Kelly) wanted to come down and see me. He'll probably come down for one of my basketball games for my in-hone visit."

Although Christian did like the former Irish staff, his feelings about Notre Dame haven't changed.

"About the same after they hired coach Kelly," Jones responded when asked about his interest since the coaching change. "I know he's a great coach, so he'll be good for Notre Dame."

Although Jones is listing Notre Dame among his finalists, many believe that he'll end up playing at Florida State. If there were a school to challenge the Seminoles for Christian's signature look for Miami or Tennessee to be the likely candidates. Notre Dame is still in the race, but there sounds like there is a pretty sizeable gap between Florida State and the field.


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