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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  • 79 comments Add your comment

    Recruiting Skeptic

    April 14th, 2009
    7:03 pm

    I find it extremely amusing that rabid fans who don’t know how to do anything except rip schools other than their favorite pay so much attention to the recruiting of high school athletes they know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about.

    The player in question wasn’t that great as a sophomore. He would have been the No. 3 receiver at the school he transferred from if he stayed there. When you look at the numbers he put up against inferior competition on a pass-happy team, they’re not all that impressive.

    I saw the WR from Tift County who played in the Georgia Dome a few years ago and he wasn’t that good. Georgia signed him and he’s going to sit on the bench most of his career. Unless Jones improved dramatically or made a Robert Johnson kind of deal, he’s not nearly as good as the hype surrounding him.

    But that really doesn’t matter to most of the goobers on blogs like this. Ya’ll just want to exchange mindless putdowns of whatever rival is recruiting the same kid as your beloved Bulldogs/Jackets/Gators/Tide/Irish/whatever.

    And the AJC, which has completely abandoned its high school sports coverage, keeps feeding all you pigs at the recruiting trough and ya’ll just slop it up.


    April 14th, 2009
    5:58 pm

    Hope he goes to UGA. Urban may leave Fla. if Weis is fired, but it would take serious money. Personally, I think ND will have a 9-3 type year, and Weis will stick around.


    April 14th, 2009
    5:11 pm

    Let’s see, Notre Dame or UGA. Tough decision, they both SUCK!

    Josh C.

    April 14th, 2009
    4:36 pm

    Melanie R.

    There is one common denominator in your statement. You. We hated to see you go. But we now have one less Moron in Indiana. Thanks

    Josh C.

    April 14th, 2009
    4:29 pm

    I appreciate all the negative feedback from all the ND haters in the world. I guess it’s fun to kick the football giant while it’s on the ground. And before it’s even written yes we haven’t won a title in 20 years, had a couple of chances but fell short. I bet people wrote the same about SC when we beat them almost 10 yrs straight. Make no mistake we will be back. And Georgia will still be Georgia…


    April 14th, 2009
    4:25 pm

    What more could he ask more. How about an education?? Georgia grad rate is 25%!!! The SEC is great football with some dumb players. I love degrees in Event Planning, General Studies, African American studies and Sports Admin!! Awesome!


    April 14th, 2009
    4:21 pm

    I keep seeing Stanford name and one of the things I do not understand is why recruits and others seem to forget that their coach wants OUT, he wants to be in the NFL, he wanted the Raiders Job, he made that known if he get what he wants he will move on.

    Melanie R

    April 14th, 2009
    3:53 pm

    I can’t help but wonder if any of the ND lovers have ever been to South Bend, IN? Good lord…that town is one of the biggest dumps in the state of Indiana..and I know…I live in Indiana! I’m also a UGA grad working for the Dept of Homeland Security and as far as ND having a better academic program…I’ve met several ND grads, as well as several other grads of “top schools” in Indiana, who are complete morons! I hope the kid chooses UGA..not only b/c I am a dawg fan..but I just don’t think a georgia boy would last that long in one of the most depressing towns in the US!

    Brock D

    April 14th, 2009
    3:52 pm

    Les, check the facts silly rabbit. Only 6 other coaches in NCAA HISTORY have won more games in their first seven years as a head coach. But, yeah, I can see the comparison to Weis……unreal

    Brock D

    April 14th, 2009
    3:45 pm

    LovetheHate, ND has had a top 3 class for 4 years straight. Doesn’t much matter when you can’t coach’em up. BTW, how many conf. champs are 7-6? Moron