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
    11:02 am

    Based on the young man’s comments it sounds like his mind is made up. My opinion, if your going for football, go to UGA. If your going for academics, go with the other choices. If your going for both, go to UNC. Butch Davis will win the ACC in the next 2 years.

    UGA Graduate

    April 14th, 2009
    10:54 am

    The young man will probably end up at Notre Dame simply because his father had the opportunity to play and I assume graduate from there. I obviously would prefer that he go to Georgia. The most important thing is that he has an opportunity to go to school and earn a degree. Playing football is just icing on the cake.

    I am the President of a national recruiting/placement firm. We work with alot of Fortune 500 companies and have the opportunity to look at hundreds of resumes a day. With the exception of an engineering degree, most companies could care less where you went to school. They will look at your overall GPA.

    Tech sucks

    April 14th, 2009
    10:51 am

    If he wants to be successful he will go to UGA. Period. Reggie Brown, MoMass, all of the TE’s they have put in the NFL. A.J. Green. Marlon Brown… Pro style offense. Aaron Murray. Mark Richt.

    The choice is incredibly easy.


    April 14th, 2009
    10:47 am

    Dude, are you seriously considering Notre Dame? If you were to look at this strictly as a regular person would a potential employer, why would you choose Notre Dame. Weis is one more disappointing season away from being shown the door and really has not developed any “team identity”. Any of the other schools would be a better fit for long term success. It’s obvious who I would recommend so I won’t get into that. Good luck.

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    April 14th, 2009
    10:42 am

    Notre Lame huh? So much for any hopes of a national championship there Jones. When Touchdown jesus finally joins a conference, maybe they’ll become relevant again.

    And there’s no way Urban Meyer leaves what he has at Florida to go to career-killing South Bend.


    April 14th, 2009
    10:25 am

    I really hope a smart guy like Jones doesn’t choose the SEC. Sure the football is good, but the chances of getting a degree are very low compared to ND or Stanford. I am sure he already knows that. If he is good at football, it won’t matter what school he chooses. If football doesn’t work out, it will be the most important decision of his life.


    April 14th, 2009
    10:23 am

    I would not let Charlie Weiss coach my son’s 9 year old team. You can play for Georgia and win a national title or play for second best.


    April 14th, 2009
    10:09 am

    You don’t want Urban? Weis has been such a homerun.


    April 14th, 2009
    10:03 am

    He’ll be a Tar Heel. Don’t sleep on Butch Davis, as many of you are. All 3 of our top receivers (Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate, Brooks Foster) declared early/graduated. Graduation is something our players do, winning is again expected. GO HEELS! University of National Champions!!


    April 14th, 2009
    9:50 am

    If he watched the G Day Game Saturday on ESPN, he should be licking his chops to come to GA. After AJ, there is not a receiver on the team who wants to catch the ball. He can come in and start as a freshman.