LSU still ‘coming in tough’ after Gainesville WR Tai-ler Jones

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – As of right now, Gainesville wide receiver Tai-ler Jones still plans to honor his commitment and enroll at Notre Dame on Jan. 12. But he admitted this week that LSU “is coming in tough” and still trying to sway him to Baton Rouge.

“If I were to change schools they would definitely be on the top of my list,” said Jones, who had 1,394 yards receiving this past season for the Red Elephants, who finished as state runners-up in Class AAA. “[LSU coaches have] come to see me and they’ve been calling. . . . But as of right now I’m solid with Notre Dame.”

Jones said he still hasn’t had a chance to meet in person new Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. But that will change next week. Kelly is scheduled to visit on Jan . 5.

“If I decide to stay with them then I’ll leave the next weekend,” said Jones, who has already graduated from high school.

It has been whirlwind recruiting experience for Jones, who committed to Stanford this past summer only to back out and switch his commitment to Notre Dame in mid-October. Jones’ father, Andre Jones, played football for and graduated from Notre Dame in the late 1980s.

Then coach Charlie Weis was fired and that forced Jones to reevaluate again.

Jones hoped to make a big splash here at the Under Armour All-America game this week but he aggravated a left-ankle injury when he tangled up with cornerback Cody Riggs early in the first practice on Wednesday.

“I just ran a corner route and at the end we both fell and he just happened to fall on top of my ankle,” Jones said. “It’s my left one, the same one I hurt in the [Georgia] Dome.”

Jones has been receiving treatment and was hoping he’ll be able to play the rest of the week.

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Youbetcha

December 31st, 2009
11:12 am

Really?

December 31st, 2009
11:13 am

How many times is this kid going to commit and then decommit to a school? I mean Really?

Freddy

December 31st, 2009
11:19 am

Chip Towers

December 31st, 2009
11:27 am

LIVE UPDATE: Hey folks. I’ve been out here at the Wide World of Sports Complex all morning watching the Under Armour All-America practices. They’re three hours long and the two teams are spread out across two fields so it’s hard to get in position to file anything. But a couple of quick notes before I go to the media luncheon and interview session that follows the practice that ends at noon:

Gainesville WR Tai-ler Jones tried to go today but continued to have problems with the left ankle he injured yesterday. He finally had to leave the complex and wass getting look at by one of the Orlando Magic’s team doctors, according to Gainesville assistant coach Todd Wofford. Doesn’t look good for him to be able to play. . . .

WR Chris Dunkley of Pahokee, Fla., also has ben unable to practice and has been under the trainer’s tent all day. . . . .

I saw South Paulding CB Ryan Ayers make a very good play to break up a pass for Calhoun’s Da’Rick Rogers. Ayers, a Tech commitment, and Rogers, who is heading to UGA, will be locking it up against each other for the next three or fouor years. . . . .;

Like I said, I’ll have much more in a blog this afternoon when I can get to a better place to write.

C-ya.

Nerd Central @ North Ave

December 31st, 2009
11:48 am

I have graphed all the coverage area and imported that data into Excel and hypothesized that Ayers can cover Rogers about 85.666666666% of the time. This is good news for Tech fans.

Nerd Central @ North Ave

December 31st, 2009
11:50 am

Breaking news!!!! Tech students are smart. UGA students are not smart.

LizDawg

December 31st, 2009
12:06 pm

Breaking news!!!! It’s still gonna be 30-24 ALL YEAR LONG after Caleb King ran UNTOUCHED all night long for 330+ yards by the victorious Dawgs over the best the acc had to offer.

pensacola dawg

December 31st, 2009
12:10 pm

typical self centered Gainesville high athlette. He was heavily recruited to play at gainesville high now he’s playing the game again. Sad

Darick's homeboy

December 31st, 2009
12:12 pm

What did darick do in the Dome? Against little sophomores in the secondary? Get dacovered?

Lacey UnderVols

December 31st, 2009
12:59 pm

I taught LizDawg everything she know$.

CMR Wins the 2009 George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open!

December 31st, 2009
1:04 pm

Wait, I thought LizDawg was just an ATTENTION ho.

Kevin

December 31st, 2009
1:16 pm

Chip, any word on Christian Green’s recruitment?

Chip Towers

December 31st, 2009
1:21 pm

Kevin: Yes, I talked to Christian Green’s father Hiram Green recently and he told me his son wanted to make official visits Florida State and Florida in January before making a decision. Georgia remains “very high” on his list, according to his dad.

Really?

December 31st, 2009
1:44 pm

Chip… any truth to the rumors about Mack Brown wavering?

toph

December 31st, 2009
1:58 pm

Update: Matt Elam, once committed to Florida has switched his commitment to Florida State. This may be the first of many to come due to Urban Meyer’s decision and instability. Are there any prospects, besides Mack Brown, that Georgia may benefit from this?

Andrew

December 31st, 2009
2:12 pm

UGA benefits just from Elam not going to UF, it also hurts Tech because they have to now play a FSU team with Elam

mts315

December 31st, 2009
2:16 pm

FSU will not be back on GT’s regular season schedule for another 6 years I believe. The only way GT would play FSU would be in the ACC Championship game. GT will probably be there but not so sure about FSU.

toph

December 31st, 2009
2:22 pm

I would guess that Elam chose Fl. State over UGA due to the Dawgs already having two stud saftey prospects coming in.

TampaGator

December 31st, 2009
2:34 pm

toph…same thing with Elam…with Demar Dorsey (strong) and Johathan Dowling (free) committed to the Gators at safety…and the depth already on the Gator roster at those two positions. Also, if Elam left then I would expect Gerald Christian to become a Nole as well. And possibly the WR from Dwyer as well (going to the Vols or FSU instead of Florida). Gerald Christian would be making a mistake because he would start at TE for the Gators next year. Elam has been worried about Dorsey and Dowling all along. And I think Elam or Dorsey would have ended up at WR in Gainesville if both stayed. Now, Dorsey is a lock at strong safety (if he can beat out Dee Finley in the coming years). I just wish Elam had picked West Virgina. FSU with him and the MLB recruit will be tough in the coming years. But it probably isn’t over with Elam. Meyer will get back with him after the bowl game. His family is made up of big Gator fans.

Chip Towers

December 31st, 2009
2:37 pm

Really?: Mack told me he remains solid with Florida.

toph

December 31st, 2009
2:38 pm

Thanks for the info TampaGator.

toph

December 31st, 2009
2:39 pm

I’m thinking Mack will stick with Florida because he would definitely be blocked if he came to UGA. I don’t know about any of the other schools he was considering.

Watched him play

December 31st, 2009
2:55 pm

I saw nearly all of Tai-ler Jones’ games this past season. He has talent but is a little frail and quite frankly he is lazy! Maybe it is just immaturity and he’ll grow up and improve his work ethic. I know LSU will demand that he give 100% on every play not just the ones when he thinks he’s getting the ball on. If he does that he’ll be okay.

charles

December 31st, 2009
4:27 pm

Nerd Central- You Tech people live in dream land concerning how smart you are and what a great value a GT degree is. You might have noticed that except for the ghetto that the campus is in Tech people don’t run anything in this state. You people are delusional.

Dawg 1

December 31st, 2009
4:52 pm

Not fair comments toward this kid. He committed to N.D. early. If I remember correctly, his dad went there. There is a new coach he hasn’t met. If it goes well – he is staying. If not, he’ll open it up.

And it’s not like this kid is twittering the world with updates. The AJC called and asked and he appears to be giving an honest answer.

Give him a break.

Keese

January 1st, 2010
12:39 am

Love to see C Green come to UGA seems like a good kid and a great fit

Coach Super Bra Techie

January 1st, 2010
2:39 pm

This arm first, then that arm

Nerd Central @ North Ave

January 1st, 2010
4:52 pm

There are two kinds of people in this state. Tech students/grads, and everyone who wishes they were good enough for Tech.
((((((45-42)))))))) (last year). So what about this year! We are still in the Orange Bowl and I’m still better at Calculus than you. My income will increase exponentially over the next 20 years. Yours will increasee linearly at best.

Jesup

January 1st, 2010
10:01 pm

Georgia sure could use a top linebacker prospect, Luc would have been nice, but i have seen several great ones, why is it so hard for UGA to land a 4 or 5 star LB??

Jesup

January 1st, 2010
10:02 pm

Bet Urban heart is fine tonight after this game…