One-on-one with Tai-ler Jones

With 32 offers from football powers across the country, four-star wide receiver Tai-ler Jones (Gainesville HS, Gainesville GA) is one of the most high-profile commits in recent Stanford memory. Just hours after Jones made his pledge to Stanford public in a press conference at his high school, TheBootleg.com caught up with the newest Cardinal commit.

On his recruitment:
Tai-ler Jones:
"I got my first offer after the seventh game of my season against Utah High School, from Arkansas University. From then to now, it's been a roller coaster ride. I picked up 31 other offers, all from D-1 schools. I've taken 20 unofficial visits, met a lot of coaches and people trying to tell me their school was the best for me. But in the end, after I had taken my visit to Stanford, I really thought that it was right for me. That school would take care of me regardless of it being 3,000 miles away from home."

On committing to Stanford:
"I called Coach Harbaugh last night and told him I have my announcement tomorrow and I want to commit to you. Then I called him again after I did, to let him know it went down."
"The staff were all very ecstatic. I could hear the coaching staff in the background cheering and clapping. Coach Harbaugh said he was ready to have me up there now playing for him."

On why he chose Stanford:
"It came down to that if I couldn't play football anymore, that was the No. 1 campus I'd want to go to as a regular student. The coaches gained my trust in such a short period of time that I felt they were going to take care of me, regardless of what happened."

On his plans to graduate high school early:
"One option is to move out to Palo Alto, get an apartment and take community classes near Stanford. Then I'd work out on my own, get my own personal trainer and be around the team. I'd be able to hang out with the players, and still call the coaches to talk with them and build my relationships up. Or, I would stay in Georgia and work out hard. I'd gain weight and get as fast as I possibly could in the six months before they'd allow me to enroll."

On his goals for senior season:
"To exceed everything I accomplished last year and to get my team to a state championship. Also, I want to be the No. 1 receiver in the state with no doubt, and, hopefully, be a top-10 receiver in the nation."

On why he chose to end his recruitment early:
"As we're getting closer to spring football, I felt I needed the time to really focus on bettering my team and bettering myself on the field, off the field, and in the classroom."

On how he sees his role on the Stanford team:
"I see myself doing a little bit of everything. As a receiver, I could be outside or slot, and I could maybe run a couple wildcat formations or catch a couple reverses. I could also be a return specialist and maybe even play a little defense if they needed me to."

On the future of Stanford football:
"I see the program going up and competing for that title in the Pac-10, and getting in a major BCS bowl."

On recruiting other uncommitted players to Stanford:
"I've already started talking to a lot of recruits. One of the last recruits who committed, [Alex Turner], I had helped convince to commit to Stanford.

On the strength of his commitment:
"I'm going to take two or three of my official visits, but my word to Stanford is my word."

On the hardest schools to turn down:
"They were definitely Georgia, Notre Dame and North Carolina."

On his father's (former NFL player and Notre Dame alumnus Andre Jones) role in his recruitment:
"He just wanted me to go to the school with good academics and good football, but most of all good academics. He knows there is a life after football and he's just been able to tell me what to weed out from what coaches say, how to read coaches, and how to tell if they're sincere or if they're just trying to feed me a storyline to get to their school.


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