Tai-ler Jones pulls switch from Stanford to Notre Dame

AJC Super 11 wide receiver Tai-ler Jones switched his commitment from Stanford to Notre Dame.

AJC Super 11 selection Tai-ler Jones, a wide receiver at Gainesville, switched from Stanford to Notre Dame after visiting the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind., this past weekend. (AAJC photo by Jason Getz)

AJC Super 11 selection Tai-ler Jones, a wide receiver at Gainesville, switched from Stanford to Notre Dame after visiting the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind., this past weekend. (AAJC photo by Jason Getz)

The 6-foot, 185-pound senior gave Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis the word about 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon, not long after returning from an official visit to South Bend, Ind., over the weekend. That call was followed shortly by one to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, who was none-too-happy about the news.

“It was very difficult to do,” said Jones, who has 36 catches for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns for the No. 1-ranked Red Elephants. “The schools were so close with my comparison. It’s hard to tell that coach and that staff that you’ve change your mind when you’ve stuck with them and been so close the last few months. But it’s just something I had to do.”

Jones said the camaraderie and “chemistry” of the Fighting Irish players and the academic and athletic traditions of the school were what swayed him. He was particularly moved by how the players lined up on the field and sang the school fight song along with the Notre Dame students just moments after an excruciating 34-27 loss to Southern Cal.

“Things like that showed me that regardless if they win or lose, they’re going to do that every game,” said Jones, who will enroll in January. “Tradition is more important than celebrating or sulking.”

Jones should know. This was actually his third trip to South Bend as a recruit. He’d been there before on an unofficial visit and for “junior day.” Oh, and his father, Andre Jones, played linebacker for Notre Dame.

Jones is still scheduled to make an official visit to Stanford on Nov. 7.

“I don’t know if I’m going to take it anymore,” said Jones, who said the Cardinal wants him to. “It might be a slap in the face to do that after decommitting. I’m still debating.”

No matter what, Jones said he’s going to stick with the Irish.

“I wouldn’t change schools again,” he said. “One change is enough.  If I were to change again, people might start to doubt my loyalty.”

I asked Jones why he seemed to be intent on attending college so far from home.

“Academics are important to me,” he said. “Georgia Tech is a great degree but I don’t know that it’s a good fit for me. They wanted me to play wingback and I don’t think that’s the best thing for me. As far as Georgia goes, they just took a pretty long time to offer. But that gave me a chance to look around and get to know some of these other coaches and build relationships with them.”

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Lucas Dezan

October 18th, 2009
6:01 pm

Will Bennett Jackson now change his mind??I mean Weis only wanted 2 WR recruits, and now has three. Jackson is the less talented one of the three(other one being Daniel Smith). He must know with all the depth he’s not going to get much playing time.

Rutgers needs receivers, and Rutgers was high on his list before commiting to the irish

Lucas Dezan

October 18th, 2009
6:03 pm

I just remember, now, we have stolen another recruit form the cardinal(other being chris badger)


October 18th, 2009
6:07 pm

hard to believe anyone would want to play for donut man after 4 years of cupcake schedules, no bowls and losing seasons.


October 18th, 2009
6:28 pm

Welcome to the ND family, Tai-ler!

By the way, Chip, the name is spelled Weis…


October 18th, 2009
6:32 pm

Well TJ will be on a team on national TV an awful lot, but the sad fact is, I cannot remember the last time I watched them. They are just awful. They are slow and usually very full of themselves, and if they play anyone ranked, they usually lose big instead of losing close. They are relevant only to themselves.

UGA fan

October 18th, 2009
6:39 pm

I would like to have seen him in Athens but I am very glad Tech didn’t get him.
Frank, I think you should try actually watching a team play before commenting on them. It might make your post a tad more relevant.
I have been watching and this season and you have missed some pretty entertaining games. Clausen is a much better all round QB then Tebow (YES, I said it) and Golden Tate is just amazing.


October 18th, 2009
6:44 pm

Since when did it become a slap in the kids faces when they aren’t offered before the spring of their Jr. year? I believe thats when the Dawgs offered. Everybody knows thats how things work with GA. T usually is slow with the offers b/c they actually stay true to their offers

UGA fan

October 18th, 2009
6:51 pm

When everyone else is offering, what do you think a kid is supposed to think? They can’t just assume the offer is coming. Why wait around on an in-state kid in the first place? Not the first time this has been said by a recruit.


October 18th, 2009
6:54 pm

Since when did it become a slap in the kids faces, generally-speaking these days, when they aren’t offered before the spring before their Sr. year? I’m not speaking specifically about Jones but recruiting in general. I believe thats when the Dawgs offered Jones. Everybody knows thats how things work with GA and their Spring evaluations unless the kid is a freak. These schools invest a lot of $$$ in these kids and deserve to be able to wait and see if these kids develop and grow. GA is usually slow with the offers b/c they actually stay true to their offers as well. Jones’ comments seem to be similar to other kids in being ABC school was too late in the game….in the Spring. That would a whole year to build that relationship. Who knows if a school, maybe GA in this case, could be the best fit and they don’t take a hard look because their ego gets in the way and they get their feelings hurt early on. God bless all college coaches for having the patience to recruit high school kids. Best of luck to Jones at ND.


October 18th, 2009
7:07 pm

Close? A degree from Stanford looks much better on the wall than a degree from Notre Dame. Plus, the weather is nicer and the chicks are hotter at Stanford. The only reason why Notre Dame is named Notre Dame is to hide that it is in freakin’ Indiana.


October 18th, 2009
7:22 pm

This is precisely why we need to have an early signing period for football much like college bball recruiting has. If you’re not sure about a school, don’t give a verbal comittment…especially before taking a visit to that school.

I agree with Jones that he should definitely not take a visit to Stanford, as he would undoubtedly want to change his mind again and go back to the Cardinal after seeing their campus, their academics first hand, and their lovely campus next to Silicon Valley. Like ‘GT’ said, while a ND certainly looks good hanging on your wall in your office, a Stanford degree dwarfs an ND degree; and that is not even debatable.


October 18th, 2009
7:24 pm

The reason we wait around on an in-state kid is to see if he’s actually good. Richt does recruiting right, as evidenced by the consistent quality recruits we get. Now if the coaching situation can be improved we’ll be right back in the hunt.


October 18th, 2009
7:25 pm

Now this particular “smart” kid actually sounds like a dumb***. He’s committed to 2 schools and you guys are saying he hasn’t even visited either? What the ****?


October 18th, 2009
7:33 pm

I trust he realizes that he will not be playing for Weis. My guess is that since Tebow is a senior Meyer will take the offer of Notre Dame.


October 18th, 2009
7:42 pm

Notre Dame is a good school, Stanford is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity school… If you’re not going to play pro-ball, do yourself a favor and go to a school you probably wouldn’t have a hope in he!! of getting into unless you can catch the football.


October 18th, 2009
7:50 pm

Welcome to the Notre Dame family, it was a great game yesterday, too bad the wrong team won. I look forward to seeing you at the ND games next year!!

All Irish

October 18th, 2009
7:51 pm

So much half truths and out right stupid on this thread its hard to know where to begin.

A Stanford degree is very impressive but to act like he took a huge step down by going to ND, academically speaking is laughable. If he chose Georgia, then yes.

If he has any aspirations of playing pro, well, he isn’t going to be on national tv every Saturday playing at Stanford now is he?

ugaacountant, I hope you are better with numbers than you are with reading, because it says in the article he committed to ND AFTER his visit this weekend.

I think it’s hysterical the digs being taken at Indiana from GEORGIANS. The only state this one needs to dis is next door and that is up for debate.

Meyer will not be coaching at ND. We don’t want him. He will be following his boy Tebow to the pros. Weis will win out and stay head coach. Tenuta, that is a different story.

Well come to Note Dame Tai-ler.

Recruiting Skeptic

October 18th, 2009
8:10 pm

Not surprising that he changed schools, given that he’s already done that at the high school level. How much influence did his father, who I believe was a receiver at ND, have on the decision? Interesting that wasn’t mentioned at all in story.

Would also be interesting to hear his thoughts on why he transferred schools after his sophomore season in high school.


October 18th, 2009
8:12 pm

I would say a degree from Stanford or ND is by most accounts a toss up. But a win win for this kid. He can’t go wrong with either sheep skin on his wall.


October 18th, 2009
8:15 pm

Pick Notre Lame over Stanford? Both suck in football but nobody can beat the Stanford academics. Whoa what a faux pas. Have fun with the Michelin man.


October 18th, 2009
8:18 pm

Stanford is on the rise he should have chosen Stanford while Notre Dame is on the decline especially after Clausen leaves they are going to be in rebuilding mode again.

All Irish

October 18th, 2009
8:21 pm

So much sour grapes because he didn’t go SEC or GT. Shame.


October 18th, 2009
8:36 pm

So some on here seem to think that Tavares King and MIke Moore are NFL locks apparently. Now thats a joke.So would a ND degree help them with their lives? Get real, the kid has the best of both worlds where he is playing big time football and gets a great degree. Stop the hate

An alum from Notre Dame and Stanford

October 18th, 2009
8:47 pm

Congratulations TJ, and welcome to the Notre Dame family! I have a B.A. degree from Notre Dame and a M.A. degree from Stanford. Both are excellent schools – top 20 rankings and endowments – but in my experience the Notre Dame degree has opened more professional doors for me than Stanford. Notre Dame has more than 250 alumni clubs around the world, the most extensive alumni network in higher education. At Notre Dame, the students and alumni visibly support their alma mater and the football program more than their counterparts at any other college in the country. At Stanford, they downsized the stadium capacity from 80,000 to 50,000 and still don’t play to a full house except when Cal and Notre Dame play there and bring most of the fans. As a student-athlete in football, why wouldn’t you want to attend a top 20 academic institution with the most loyal alumni in all of division I-A athletics (see latest US News academic and alumni rankings) and play all of your home games and most of your away games in front of capacity crowds and on national television? And check out Notre Dame’s graduation rate for football players, especially for minority student-athletes. Notre Dame has always been awarded the top recognition from the NCAA for graduating its football players. In short, Notre Dame is an excellent choice for any serious student-athlete. Go Irish!


October 18th, 2009
8:48 pm

Get ready for 8 months of winter, so dress warm. I think its really brave for the kid going that far from home. Its a lot closer than Stanford. Not sure if i would have been able to go so far . Good luck


October 18th, 2009
9:00 pm

Welcome to loserville….have a great career. It don’t matter how you spell Weis it = loser.


October 18th, 2009
9:13 pm

I’m surprised people are referring to Notre Dame’s schedule as “cupcake.” Sagarin ranks it, as of this weekend, the 13th hardest schedule in the nation. Don’t let facts get in the way of your bias.

Ali Allah Akbar

October 18th, 2009
9:14 pm

Hey Tai-lor, look up the word loyalty in the dictionary. Don’t worry about if you change your mind AGAIN. You gave your word and then switched. Once, twice, two hundred times – it doesn’t matter. You word means nothing.


October 18th, 2009
9:14 pm

To “all irish” – that arrogant dreck that came out of you in your post is fitting from an adherent of one of the most phony institutions in America. I wouldn’t send my dog to obedience school at that dump.

fire willie martinez

October 18th, 2009
9:25 pm

Charlie Weis is spelled with one s.


October 18th, 2009
9:33 pm

Weis spelled backwards is “siew.” How weird is that?


October 18th, 2009
9:36 pm

Do any of you realize that his father, Andre Jones, played for Notre Dame and Lou Holtz on their ‘88 national championship team? It’s not like the kid didn’t know anything about the place before visiting.


October 18th, 2009
9:40 pm

Welcome to Notre Dame, Tai-ler. Good luck this year, enjoy the rest of your time in high school, and we luck forward to seeing you in action next fall. Go Irish!


October 18th, 2009
9:41 pm

BTW, Andre Jones was a defensive end and linebacker at ND, not a WR.

All Irish

October 18th, 2009
9:47 pm

Hey Mark, your dog would have a better chance of getting in ND then you. Funny how you only see the “arrogance” in my post but bypass commenting on the crap the other posters were throwing at ND.

All Irish

October 18th, 2009
9:49 pm

And Poopdawg, not all football players are afraid of snow and cold. Its called being tough. It also is only cold about 4 months of the year, same as the Africa Hot Kill Me Dead Humidity that we have down here in Georgia.

Champaign Dawg

October 18th, 2009
11:40 pm

4 months of cold, my frozen arse. I moved to Illinois 3 years ago. We’ve had butt cold weather and snow already in the beginning of October. Last year our last snow fell in April. Let’s count em…October, November, December, January, February, March, April.

Yeah, that’s 7 months.

Enjoy that Tai-ler.


October 18th, 2009
11:40 pm



October 19th, 2009
12:05 am

I honestly would rather, and this really pains me to say it, see this kid play for UGA. I don’t like the top talent leave the state. Its understandable that he does not want to play A-back for GT, and at 6′, he doesn’t fit our scheme to be a WR, but UGA has to start picking up these kids. Losing this kid to Notre Dame is like losing a kid to satan. At least its not alabama.


October 19th, 2009
12:55 am

He is already part of the “Notre Dame” family! His Dad, “Andre Jones”, played for ND in the 90’s!


October 19th, 2009
1:35 am

To my understanding, Tai-ler Jones didn’t submit his Stanford application. Frankly, he reportedly has a 3.5 cumulative GPA with a 25 ACT score. That is good enough for every major college program with the exception being Stanford. If he was a borderline admit, perhaps this also swayed his decision. However, he is a quality young man, and I wish him all the luck at Notre Dame.

Dan A.

October 19th, 2009
1:45 am

Hey All Irish,

If Indiana is a better state than Georgia, than why is your sanctimonious butt here in Georgia? There is absolutely nothing in Indiana better than Georgia. Not academics, not the economy, not the people or the social life… and certainly not the football.


October 19th, 2009
5:04 am

Recruiting Sceptic, read the story again …. it was mentioned that his dad DID in fact, play LB for Notre Dame.

[...] Super 11 designate to pull a switch over the weekend. Gainesville wide receiver Tai-ler Jones flipped from Stanford to Notre Dame on [...]


October 19th, 2009
6:54 am

Great school, great tradition…. Good luck!

Trust me, Juan...

October 19th, 2009
7:07 am

…that 3.5gpa and 25 SCT score is plenty good enough, even at Stanford, for an athlete to be admitted. Now as a regular student, he couldn’t even get into UGA with those numbers, and I know that for a fact, unless he knows someone on the UGA admissions committee!!!

Dog Nation

October 19th, 2009
7:46 am

This guys has no clue what he wants. Who knows what’ll happen to ND’ s coaching staff in a year or two…


October 19th, 2009
8:09 am

verbal commitments mean nothing. These undecisive kids cant be counted on to stay firm. I believe there should be no “verbal” commitments.Just have an early signing period and when the kid commits; thats it.


October 19th, 2009
8:22 am

Would you rather have your kid go to a very liberal school or go to the most famous university in the
country and maybe graduate with common sense instead of being so open that your brain falls out!! RTR


October 19th, 2009
8:37 am

“Jones said the camaraderie and “chemistry” of the Fighting Irish players and the academic and athletic traditions of the school were what swayed him. He was particularly moved by how the players lined up on the field and sang the school fight song along with the Notre Dame students just moments after an excruciating 34-27 loss to Southern Cal.”

Wow. Dude is clueless.