Linebacker Jamir Jones commits to Notre Dame

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Football runs in the Jones family's blood.

And now, so does Notre Dame.

Jamir Jones — a 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker, and the brother of Irish senior nose tackle Jarron Jones — verbally committed to Notre Dame while visiting campus on Tuesday.

"Blessed to say that I am committed to play football at the University of Notre Dame #WeAreND," Jones tweeted. He later confirmed his commitment to the South Bend Tribune.

Jones did not own a Notre Dame offer prior to this week's visit, but touted regional scholarship offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and more. The Rochester, N.Y., native is ranked as a three-star recruit, the No. 2 player in the state of New York and the No. 41 outside linebacker in the 2016 class by Rivals. 247Sports also lists Jones as a three-star recruit, as well as the No. 3 player in New York and the No. 74 outside linebacker.

"He's a good, solid prospect," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "He's not as highly thought-of as his brother coming out of high school, but he's a good, solid player."

Considering Notre Dame's lack of depth on the edge, the Irish may potentially mold Jones into a defensive end.

“Notre Dame doesn’t need the really big guys at defensive end," Lemming said. "They just need guys that can bend off the edge and take care of business. He’s more of a linebacker size right now, but maybe they think he’s going to grow into it.”

The Aquinas Institute standout becomes the ninth verbal commit, and the fourth defensive player, in Notre Dame's 2016 class. He passed for 715 yards and six touchdowns as a quarterback in his junior season, while also recording three sacks on the defensive side.

Jamir's older brother, Jarron Jones, has started 12 games and made 60 tackles with 2.5 sacks thus far in his Irish career. He's expected to start on the interior of Notre Dame's defensive line alongside Sheldon Day in his junior season.

Jamir Jones joins defensive end Julian Okwara, the younger brother of senior defensive end Romeo Okwara, as siblings of current Irish players who have verbally committed in the 2016 class.

@704jo No doubt bro we gotta turn this into a dynasty bro lets do it !!!

— Jamir Jones™ (@Jones__24) June 23, 2015//

Safe to say I will be transferring if I stay a 5th year.. I'm jk! Congrats to my lil bro @Jones__24 ! Follow him!

— Jarron Jones™ (@Who_GotJones94) June 23, 2015//

Blessed to say that I am committed to play football at the University of Notre Dame

— Jamir Jones™ (@Jones__24) June 23, 2015//


— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) June 23, 2015//

Jamir Jones, younger brother of current Irish nose guard Jarron Jones, verbally committed to Notre Dame on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)