The move is not a shock; for many months now, Jones has been flirting with the idea of going to Notre Dame, and in an interview two weeks ago, he made it clear that UCLA would have to make a pretty significant pitch to retain his commitment through Signing Day. He said his uncertainty about UCLA was due to the Bruins not using a traditional tight end, but the thinking is that the opportunity to play with his close friend Nicco Fertitta at Notre Dame was too much to pass up, and there were close influences around him pushing him to the Irish. With the Bruins showing increased interest in fellow five-star tight end Chris Clark, Jones made the clean break Thursday.
I am officially decommitting from UCLA. Thank you to the coaches and all the fans for your love and support! God has another plan for me!— ALIZE JONES (@AlizeJones8) January 15, 2015
After announcing his decommitment, Jones immediately changed his Twitter profile to read that he is committed to Notre Dame.
With Jones out of the picture, UCLA is now free to pivot completely to Clark. Four UCLA coaches, including Jim Mora, are back east to see Clark this week, and he'll officially visit the weekend of the 23rd. The thinking is that the Bruins are doing well with Clark, and could legitimately replace the No. 2 tight end in the country (Jones) with the No. 1 tight end (Clark).