Film Study: Notre Dame TE commit Aliz'e Jones
TE commit Aliz’e Jones, 6-5, 220, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman
The numbers: Jones hauled in 41 passes for 930 yards and 13 TDs as a senior. Bishop Gorman (15-0) won the NIAA Division I state title.
The rankings: 247Sports – Four stars, No. 1 TE, No. 136 overall. Rivals – Four stars, No. 2 TE, No. 70 overall.
First impression: Jones is a catch-first tight end with tremendous athletic ability. Comfortable running short, intermediate and deep routes, Jones can turn routine plays into long touchdowns. He instantly becomes Notre Dame’s most dynamic tight end on the roster when he arrives in the summer.
Strengths: Jones does a little bit of everything as a receiving tight end. He can line up as an attached tight end and pick the defense apart with shallow route. He also has plenty of experience split out wide as a receiver. Jones is a polished pass-catcher who plucks the ball out of the air with strong hands. Jones has already developed a knack for catching the ball at its highest point which makes him an excellent red zone target. Jones also has special after-the-catch ability. He can run by defenders with his speed and is tough to take to the ground with his physical play.
He did what? (:28) The first full play of the highlight film shows Jones’ speed and strength. He catches a simple crossing route by the numbers near the sideline. As he accelerates upfield, a safety comes up to try to tackle him and is greeted by a ferocious stiff-arm. Jones then shakes off another defender trying to tackle him from behind and outruns the rest of the defense for an 80-yard touchdown … (1:41) Jones runs a fade route in the end zone to perfection. He keeps the cornerback on his inside and when the quarterback delivers the ball to where only he can catch it, Jones rises up for the grab. At the height of Jones’ jump, his waist is even with the head of the defender, who doesn’t even bother to jump … (1:57) Jones makes himself available in the end zone for his scrambling quarterback. The heave reaches Jones, but a defender jumps up with him at the last moment to try to break up the pass. Jones still manages to haul in the throw after a bobble as two nearby defenders watch him score.
Competition level: Bishop Gorman cruised through the highest classification in Nevada and survived an early gauntlet against out-of-state competition. The Gaels defeated the likes of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, Phoenix Brophy Prep, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham and Corona (Calif.) Centennial. USA Today named Bishop Gorman the 2014 high school national champions.
Left to prove: Jones will need to develop as a blocker to live up to his lofty ranking as a tight end. His decision to commit to Notre Dame was in part influenced by his belief that the Irish coaching staff can improve him as a total tight end and shape him into a future NFL Draft pick. Jones will need to bulk up and get stronger to help in the running game against defensive ends and linebackers. As a receiver, Jones could clean up his routes and make them a little crisper. At times he rounds off his cuts instead of making them sharp. Precision in his routes will allow him to beat college defenders with frequency.
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