Notre Dame among the finalists for Georgia WR Tai-ler Jones

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Gainesville WR Tai-ler Jones has Notre Dame and UGA among his seven finalists, and 32 offers (AJC)

 Gainesville wide receiver Tai-ler Jones, who will announce his college decision on Thursday, has Notre Dame among his finalists.

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There’s a good reason. His father, Andre Jones, played linebacker and defensive end for Notre Dame. The younger Jones has narrowed down to UGA, North Carolina, Stanford, California, UCLA, Ohio State and the Fighting Irish. He is one of the nation’s leaders in early scholarships offers with 32.

“Notre Dame is a great school … and I know that because my dad says that about every day,” Jones said with a laugh.

“He tells me all the time about his experiences, and how the college life and connections you make at Notre Dame are different than any other school in the country,” Jones said. “It’s like one big brotherhood, and they all help each other out.”

Jones said he feels like better days are ahead for Notre Dame, which posted records of 3-9 and 7-6 over the last two seasons under Charlie Weis. “Because they are Notre Dame, they are going to get the recruits to help them succeed. In any given year, like when my dad signed there, they can have a great year in recruiting and then compete for the national championship.”

How would Jones feel about following in his father’s footsteps? “It’s a great feeling for my dad for me to recruited by Notre Dame. It’s his alma mater, and I know he’d love to see me run out of the tunnel in the blue and gold. They’re one of my top schools.” Jone attended one Notre Dame game, last year’s matchup with Michigan.

Notre Dame has been quiet with its recent recruiting efforts in Georgia, signing only one prospect from the state over the last three years. Jones visited Stanford, California and UCLA last week over spring break. He claims no favorites and will commit on Thursday at Gainesville High.

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    April 14th, 2009
    8:48 am

    Blubber-ing Charlie will soon be history at ND. He’s like a deer in the headlights on game day. The media loves their highly recruited QB, but he couldn’t start for most SEC and ACC schools. Maybe it’s lack of coaching. Maybe not. Although tradition rich and certainly a fine school, ND has sucked for the last 10 years. Jones needs to look elsewhere.


    April 14th, 2009
    7:41 am

    Weis gone after another ho hum year of say 6-6. yawn. Go to ANY SEC school. UGA looks nice.
    Remember, Richt throws the ball 50-60% of the time…………….


    April 14th, 2009
    7:25 am

    Charlie Weis has not been successful at Notre Dame. Notre Dame inspite of the national spotlight is not a top level football program anymore. Have you seen their offense lately?

    Diamond Dawg

    April 14th, 2009
    7:14 am

    Charlie Weis won’t be there much longer bud. Stay close to home and play with the Dawgs!! You and Aaron Murray could make a great connection. Represent your state and stay home. Go Dawgs!!!!!!


    April 14th, 2009
    3:14 am

    Notre Dame will struggle with Weis as the head coach. The kid needs to play in the best football conference the SEC!!


    April 14th, 2009
    2:32 am

    3-9, 7-6 that ain’t the Notre Dame of old, UGA, SEC, best conference, close to home, what more can a guy ask for? Oh, I forgot! Southern beautiful women, and down home cooking. Stay in state son!

    Gainesville House

    April 14th, 2009
    1:37 am

    TJ is telling everyone around school … Georgia

    SEC fan

    April 14th, 2009
    12:26 am

    Hope his decision is for his own happiness and well being and not just to make his daddy happy. Where ever he goes, he will do well. Intelligence and talent will carry him after college, not who his school is connected to. At least I hope he wants his success in life to be based upon his skills and not who he knows. ND has been getting great recruits for years now and the talent seems to get wasted. Every year the reputation of what ND used to be entices top flight recruits. Maybe in the next year or two they can be Bowl eligible and indeed someday be what ND was long ago. Good luck to him what ever he decides.


    April 13th, 2009
    11:55 pm

    he’s a stanford lean right now


    April 13th, 2009
    11:00 pm

    The hand writing on the wall says this kid signs with Notre Dame.
    That may be one reason why Georiga waited so long to offer.