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.