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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    Blackberry Cobbler

    April 14th, 2009
    1:46 pm

    If he can catch, I hope he signs with UGA. Lords knows we need someone that can catch the daggum football.


    April 14th, 2009
    1:43 pm

    I agree with Bill


    April 14th, 2009
    1:41 pm

    I’m a UGA grad, undergrad and law, and I don’t believe an undergrad degree from anywhere makes a whole lot of difference, at least if it’s a top 100 school. (I’d guess UGA is ranked about 60-63 in U.S.News ratings–more so due to SAT scores than anything else). Statistics show most CEOS are from state universities. A top 20 school would help when applying for a law, medicine, or MBA program no doubt. Several posters say he shouldn’t go to UGA if he wants to graduate. This makes no sense. Statistics on African American graduation rates at UGA have no relevance whatsoever to any individual black athlete. The poor rates reflect poor academic backgrounds. If one has the background/motivation to succeed, he will graduate. Friends one meets at school are much more relevant to future success than simply alumni status.


    April 14th, 2009
    12:58 pm

    As a someone who has degrees from both Notre Dame and UGA, I can say that Jones will win with both schools. That being said, Notre Dame is a better school academically and has opened doors for me all over the country in both my personal and professional life, that UGA cannot. A UGA degree does not resonate anywhere outside of the Southeast. Weis started more underclassmen last year than most schools in the BCS, and this will be the first time he is at the 85 player scholarship limit – ND was at 67 when he started. If he doesn’t win 9-10 games, he may be gone, but who wouldn’t be gone at a major BCS school without 9-10 wins? If Richt wins 8 next year, I think he should be fired, especially after this years ‘Bama debacle. These guys get paid to win. Finally, UGA graduate, not sure which firm you work for but your contention is about 180 degrees different than my experience in working for several Fortune 100 companies. Try getting an entry-level investment banking job on Wall Street with a UGA degree. Look at the acceptance rate for ND grads at major US medical schools for first time applicants. I cherish the education I have from both schools, but there’s no use for intellectual dishonesty. Finally, see the attached link. It speaks for itself.

    T's Mom's Mom

    April 14th, 2009
    12:53 pm

    He’s entitled to make his own decision. Of course, he’s also entitled to be wrong about his decision and make a bad one.

    Brock D

    April 14th, 2009
    12:38 pm

    T’s Mom, if that really is you. You are absolutely right. I coached against Tai in the playoffs this year. Sims went out of the game and they seemed to get better because Tai stepped up his game. You nay sayers don’t know what you’re talking about. This is a great player but more importantly a great young man.

    T's Mom

    April 14th, 2009
    12:11 pm

    You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. Let this young man make HIS decision.

    Recruiting Skeptic

    April 14th, 2009
    11:17 am

    How exactly is it that someone who was the No. 3 receiver at his former school suddenly becomes the No. 1 prospect in the state after putting up stats that featured an impressive number of catches but very ordinary yards per catch average at a smaller school against inferior competition?

    The best thing Georgia can do is let him go to South Bend. They made a mistake on the kid from Tift County two years ago. Don’t make another by signing this over-rated prospect.


    April 14th, 2009
    11:17 am

    Weiss will not be the Irish’s coach in 2010…the alumni will not put up with his record or personality…


    April 14th, 2009
    11:03 am

    You can play for Georgia and win a national title. What national title did Mark Richt win? This is a smart kid looking at great schools. Whoever he chooses he will do well on the field and in the classroom. We should be so lucky to have those choices.