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
    3:12 pm

    The General Feeling

    April 14th, 2009
    2:37 pm

    So according to mutt fans it’s a toss-up between the state school of Georgia and Notre Dame. Ha, ha, ha. Athen’s is where the spoiled kids of Gwinnett go to party between Sunday night and Friday at noon. Please don’t confuse the academics, environment, and experience offered by the two schools. There is no comparison.

    Tom Davis

    April 14th, 2009
    2:31 pm

    Dawgs would KILL Notre Dame if they played a game. Next question.


    April 14th, 2009
    2:24 pm

    I say he ends up at UGA


    April 14th, 2009
    2:23 pm

    Les- yeah those 10 win seasons in the SEC are really starting to get boring.


    April 14th, 2009
    2:14 pm

    “nearsighted about the SEC”… hmmmmmm maybe because this is a paper in the state of… GEORGIA?!?!?! There seems to be a biased towards Mark Richt on these blogs?!?!?!?! Weird! It’s almost like this is a paper in the state of…GEORGIA!!!!!!!!


    April 14th, 2009
    2:07 pm

    Lovethehate- You are absolutely right. You have to win 9-10 games because your schedule is 1-AA material. You don’t get a whole lot of credit when you play 1 tough game a year.


    April 14th, 2009
    2:07 pm

    I think it’s very refreshing to hear about a top football prospect with academics on his mind. Depending on his future goals, any school would be a great choice. Certainly, UGA needs some better hands.

    FYI UGA Graduate, “ALOT” is not a word. It is two words, “a lot”.

    Les Taylor

    April 14th, 2009
    2:01 pm

    One thing is certain in reading these comments. First, most know little or nothing about current developments in the football program as it applies to Notre Dame. Second, your vision is nearsighted as it applies to the SEC in general and the University of Georgia in particular (Interesting that you want to judge Coach Weis at N
    D and haven’t looked closely at Mark Richt’s at UGA, particularly last season.). Third, most posters lack even the slightest objectivity when making comments. Good luck, Tai-ler in whhtever decision you make. Just remember, whatever decision you do make is not just for four years, but for 40years.


    April 14th, 2009
    1:50 pm

    First and foremost, god bless you for hating on ND. It truly shows that ND is still relevant in UGA fans eyes. I see that big UGA education is really paying off. Half of you can’t even spell Charlie WEIS name right, or maybe it’s just the retardation that diseases the south.

    Join a conference! Obviously some of you don’t know it’s easier for a conference champ with a record of 7-6 to get a BCS bowl bid while ND has to win 9 or 10 games to be even be consider. Thank you for proving you know little to none about football Mr. Unknown.

    Sorry Grant, with ND schedule this year they will win 9 to 10 games. They return everybody that have lots of experience which is a big plus. Don’t believe me, go check Vegas odds. Vegas gets it right more than the BCS does.

    By all means, don’t stop the negativity about ND. It gots us the #1 defensive player/Outside Linebacker in the country last year(Manti Te’o). Maybe the trend will keep going.