LB Jonathan Jones
Measurables: 6-1, 209
School: Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge
Rivals ranking: Three stars, No. 19 ILB.
247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 18 OLB.
Notable numbers: Jones said he tallied more than 100 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in his senior season.
First scholarship offer: West Virginia
Best advice I received through the recruiting process: When I talked to coach Denson, he was like, ‘Give everybody a chance.’ He didn’t say give Notre Dame a chance. He said, ‘Make sure you give everybody an equal chance, see everybody and evaluate everything. Whatever you get, you get.’
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Vicious.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: The stress of it.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: After making my official visit to Michigan.
My secret off-the-field talent: I just started to learn how to play viola this year and I’m pretty nice at it.
Song on my iPod I’m embarrassed to tell people about: The whole “Frozen” soundtrack.
Sports idol: Ray Lewis.
Preferred social media: Twitter.
Favorite football accomplishment: Catching four interceptions my senior year after struggling in pass coverage in previous seasons.
Dream job (other than the NFL): Work with Nike or Under Armour.
Running backs coach Autry Denson, who recruited Jones out of Florida: “Leadership-wise and intellect-wise, he is Joe Schmidt. That’s who he is, and that’s a heck of a compliment. That’s a very big expectation for Jonathan to live up to, which he will.
"Athletically, that kid is off the charts. He loves contact. The school that he’s at, they have ballers, so playing against top-level competition. To get a young man that understands academics, that’s a leader in his community … I talked to his principal and her comment was, ‘If I had a son, he would be him.’ To have a young man with character like that and can play football on that level, those are Notre Dame student-athletes.
"Whether Jonathan was in Florida, Texas, we get that young man, because he gets us.”
Head coach Brian Kelly on Jones: "Just great instincts. You know, physically maybe his lack of height scared some people away, but just great instincts as a linebacker, great leadership quality, physically strong, fit, athletic, and has a great awareness in the pass game, as well. For us, just looked like the consummate linebacker, had all that innate ability and football recognition that you don't have to teach."
Jones committed to Notre Dame on National Signing Day. ND Insider story: http://goo.gl/K52Dqh
Audio: Florida recruiter Autry Denson talks about what Jones brings to Notre Dame's class.