Brother of Notre Dame football star waiting for first offer

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Remember the good old days when many high school football stars didn’t get scholarship offers until after their senior seasons?

Those days are long, long gone.

As colleges offer “the next great one” earlier and earlier during the recruiting process and the scholarship spots fill up, it leaves late-blossoming high school seniors against the odds of landing a D1 scholarship.

Malachi Jones, whose older brother plays for Notre Dame, may be in that type of situation. After playing at Wesleyan the last two years, Jones transferred to Central Gwinnett High School for his senior season. He’s had a breakout season with 55 catches for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games.

“He’s creeping in there as a senior and showing colleges what he can do,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “If he had the film out there that he has now last year when he was a junior, I think he would have a ton of offers.”

Central Gwinnett WR Malachi Jones

Central Gwinnett WR Malachi Jones

As for now, Jones is still waiting for his first football offer, despite having an older brother (TJ Jones) that plays D1 football, and at least four teammates at Central Gwinnett with D1 offers.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jones has a 3.5 GPA and has sparked curiosity from Notre Dame, Purdue, Michigan State, UCLA, UMass, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Duke. Jones said his dream school is Notre Dame, but they have only mentioned the possibility of being a walk-on for now.

How does Malachi compare with his brother? He’s not as fast, but has a bigger frame and maybe better hands. “They say I’m a possession receiver and I run crisper routes,” Malachi said. “I learned my route running from my brother, so that makes sense.”

Malachi and TJ are the sons of former Notre Dame standout Andre Jones, who died unexpected from a brain aneurysm this past July at the age of 42. It caused the two brothers to grow closer together. “TJ has taken over as a father figure in my life, as well as some other people,”  Malachi said. “He’s really stepped up. He has got a lot going on at Notre Dame, but we talk every week before and after my games.”

Malachi said he thinks about his father every day. “I always remember this phrase he said. Every day, sometime during the day and before the day was over, my dad would say ‘Did I tell you that I love you today?’ That’s what I remember.”


  • Georgia Tech’s No. 1 football recruit is still scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Auburn this weekend, according to Wofford. Central Gwinnett defensive end Francis Kallon will go to Auburn with his high school teammate, junior linebacker Trey Johnson, who is committed to the Tigers. Kallon, who had a lengthy phone conversation with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson earlier this week, was offered by Auburn but said he will keep his commitment to the Yellow Jackets from this past summer. Kallon is visiting a few other schools because his parents want him to have something to compare to Georgia Tech.
  • Southwest DeKalb two-sport star Shaq Goodwin got the green light from the NCAA Clearinghouse and will make his first official visit this weekend, traveling to Memphis. Goodwin also has UGA, Florida, UCLA and Arizona in his top five. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Goodwin is ranked as one of the nation’s top 15 overall basketball prospects at power forward, and insists he will play football in college, too — at tight end or wide receiver.

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October 14th, 2011
10:11 am


October 14th, 2011
10:12 am

Just Askin

October 14th, 2011
10:22 am

Why is it that CPJ has pulled the scholarship offer of other commitments who have taken official visits to other schools but not this Francis Kallon kid? Seems like a double standard to me.

5150 UOAD

October 14th, 2011
10:45 am

Just Askin………………….what part of Unoffical visit didn’t you read in the article? The Kid said he IS COMMITTED to TECH.


October 14th, 2011
11:01 am

Kallon is a beast, and can’t wait to see him play for us!

Great to see Central Gwinnett – my alma matter doing well. Go Black Knights!

I would vote for Paul Johnson for President. I think he’d tell it like it is, instead of blowing smoke and being politically correct all the time. Love the realistic approach. Tell it like it is.


October 14th, 2011
11:05 am

Great job on the GPA Malachi. A true student athlete – you should be proud!


October 14th, 2011
11:08 am

Mr. Carvell, almost every day you write well prepared, informative articles and I look forward to reading your columns with the morning coffee. But from the internet page, it appears that you haven’t written anything for a few days. Is this a software glitch?


October 14th, 2011
12:04 pm

Just Askin….believe the article said unofficial visit. Therein lies the difference according to CPJ. Hope that clears it up for you!


October 14th, 2011
12:29 pm

Paul Johnson=hypocrite

The Dude

October 14th, 2011
12:34 pm

Worm = troll


October 14th, 2011
1:27 pm

My fellow Tech fans, please excuse the dawg fans that think that “unofficial” is some fancy Mexican word meaning “one official.” Excuse them, they don’t know better.


October 14th, 2011
1:41 pm

The Shaq Goodwin football p.r. train continues to roll along — Carvell, are you his agent? He just plain is not a top football player in any way — the kid does not like the contact required for the sport. Let him bump in the lane in a b-ball game. This “dream” of playing both b-ball and f-ball in college ain’t gonna come true at any real football school.


October 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

Just Askin maybe coach Johnson has come to the reality that there is no such thing as a comitment any longer. Guess he has just given up. Can’t let every high school kid go that decided to take a trip elsewhere. Wouldn’t be long before you didn’t have a team.


October 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

Well actually if you go back and read CPJ’s statement he never said “Official visit”. He said once you commit to Tech and then visit other schools you are no longer committed to Tech. You fans who are now putting “Official” into his words are rationalizing.


October 14th, 2011
1:59 pm

5152UOAD will you please tell me sense you know everything. What the he!! is the difference between an official and a unofficial visit. Do you mean that just because it’s an unofficial visit he can’t talk to any other coaches than the Tech coachs or that he can’t participate in any activities with any of the recruits that are there on an official invite, or that he can’t change his mind and commit to the school the he just so happened to take an unofficial vist to. Don’t be a idiot. The only difference between official and unoffical in the UN. Having said that read my original post above.


October 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

Just Askin,

Its b/c CPJ is a moron in terms of recruiting.


October 14th, 2011
3:23 pm

When a committed recruit visits another school he is no longer committed,CPJ is correct in that he then has the option to withdraw a commitment or still offer him.But his original guaranteed scholarship is no longer a guaranteed thing anymore.That is a very respectable stance to take not hypocritical at all.


October 14th, 2011
3:26 pm

Just Askin and all other awgs: Go play with yourselves!

golf clap

October 14th, 2011
3:36 pm

good article….ban offers till at least senior season starts.
And Shaq, go ahead and sign with GA….You know the b-ball team is going to be solid, and you can’t go wrong playing on the football team there…best of both worlds. Heck, might be your best bet at getting drafted in both sports, if you actually decide to hang around a couple years.

George Stein

October 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

The official/unofficial thing is a distinction without a difference, 5150. The real issue is one of timing.

However, if Kallon is visiting other schools, I hope Johnson is visiting other recruits.

Please enlighten us all about what’s hypocritical here, Worm.

Richard Hungwell

October 14th, 2011
3:48 pm

Thought ole fish fry would drop a kid if they visited somewhere else.


October 14th, 2011
4:11 pm

@K: Humorous but let’s face facts here. I have seen 1st hand the “talent” you have running around your campus. Do you really think it’s the Dawg fans that “play with themselves?” Every time your beloved team is on television, it’s embrassing that they can’t locate a mediocre looking girl in your stadium until well fter half time; that’s alot of searching in such a small space. Maybe you can jump in bed with the unions and they will pay a couple of our ladies to don your colors? For a small fee of course, or the price of admission since you can’t sell out your stadium on your own. Have a great weekend and keep that hand warm! Sick em’ Dawgs!

David Polelock

October 14th, 2011
5:18 pm

AnnapolisDawg You really must have gone blind. At one time the most beautiful girls in the world were at Sanford, Now the dogs are not just on the field.


October 14th, 2011
10:23 pm

Maybe UGA fans can’t spell unofficial, but we can spell committed. Apparently CPJ and his “beliefs about being committed” has as many options as the offense.


October 14th, 2011
11:49 pm

No. 4 Carver used a huge game from tailback Marquez Holloway and a rugged defense to knock off Callaway, 28-14, Thursday night in a matchup of the region’s last two unbeaten teams.

Holloway finished with 296 yards on 21 carries, while the Tigers’ defense limited the Cavaliers to only 23 yards of total offense.

Some people said Holloway might be just as good as Crowell….interesting to see where he goes.


October 14th, 2011
11:52 pm

Anything can happen between now and February…..


October 15th, 2011
1:05 am

Malachi Jones does not have an older brother that plays D1 football.
He has an older brother who plays D1 football.
Things are that. People are who. It’s pretty basic language skills.


October 20th, 2011
10:20 am

Malachi Jones does not have an older brother that plays D1 football.
He has an older brother who plays FCS football.