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
    9:50 am

    “UGA, North Carolina, Stanford, California, UCLA, Ohio State and the Fighting Irish”

    As far as academics, some of the best institutions in D-I. This is a refreshing approach to college recruiting. Obviously the Dawgs are the most elite football school of the list, but as far as life choices, Tai-Ler, but you couldn’t go wrong at any of these schools.

    Urban Liar

    April 14th, 2009
    9:46 am

    If you become a Gayturd I promise you I will start you the first game of your freshman year! Would I lie?

    Tyrone Biggums

    April 14th, 2009
    9:39 am

    Even though I hate Notre Dame, they are certainly a great academic school. If he doesn’t make it to the NFL, his ND degree will be much better for his future than a UGA degree.


    April 14th, 2009
    9:38 am

    Go to GA if you want to be a statistic……..less than half of african american football players graduate…….enought said, that is just pathetic! So if you want to put all your eggs in the NFL basket, GA is your school. If you want sucess after football, go to ND. Quite simple!


    April 14th, 2009
    9:30 am


    The General Feeling

    April 14th, 2009
    9:27 am

    @ Dean. Bam!

    Voice of Reason

    April 14th, 2009
    9:25 am

    great prediction Dean… i second that


    April 14th, 2009
    9:24 am

    Tai-ler–if you read this– GO TO ND! It will be the best decision you ever made.


    April 14th, 2009
    9:18 am

    I think he goes to South Bend and Urban Meyer will be his coach.


    April 14th, 2009
    9:11 am

    Good luck to the young man wherever he decides to go (sounds like Notre Dame). He is already thinking past his football playing days as he mentioned connections after college. Sounds like an intelligent young man. He sounds like he will succeed wherever he ends up.